If you choose to make a charity donation, make sure to check out the organization youâ€™re supporting.
Ideally, a charity should spend less than 10 cents per dollar on its administrative needs — the remaining percentage should go directly to its projects. Many charities in America today donâ€™t abide by this rule, and instead spend an unnecessary amount on things like bonuses for management, swanky offices, and parties. A few charities cross the line entirely and have been caught up in scandals involving theft, bribery, and misuse of funds.
Check out a few of the worst charities in America below:
The Salvation Army
Everyone knows The Salvation Army — theyâ€™re the people you see ringing bells at the entrance of a mall or store, collecting money during the month of December. While many of the individuals who work as bell ringers for the Salvation Army are lovely, open-minded people, the organization has shown itself to be a nest for intolerant bigots. The Salvation Army has actively campaigned against LGBT rights, and as recently as 2012, its website had links to â€śpray the gay awayâ€ť conversion therapy websites as part of its Resources section.
Although the organization has been trying to shed its anti-gay image in the last few years by insisting its services are used by many LGBT people, its internal policies are still very discriminatory against LGBT individuals and families.