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Children’s Charity Under Investigation

It’s hard to fathom. How could someone use children as a means to steal money? But that’s precisely what authorities think people did in the city of Larnaca, Cyprus. According to CyprusMail, The Pancyprian Foundation of Affection and Love to Children is under investigation for not keeping accounting books. The discrepancies originally surfaced in 2012 […]

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Nonprofits Need to Think about Security

Preventing fraud in nonprofits is sometimes just a matter of actually thinking about accountability. The Lumberton High School band’s booster club had one person handling the mostly cash donations that they took in, which is how that person managed to steal over $70,800 dollars from the group. If there had been even one additional person […]

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Don’t Forget to Celebrate Giving Tuesday

It’s incredibly ironic that immediately following Thanksgiving, people are willing to trample one another for the best sales deals. Here’s a better proposal: instead of participating in Black Friday, why not participate in Giving Tuesday? It’s certainly a lot more in line with the spirit of Thanksgiving. For those of you who’ve never heard of […]

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A Comprehensive List of 35 Fake Charities

Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity analyzer, has just released a list of 35 fake charities. None of these charities are registered as 501(c)(3)s, making their public donation solicitations illegal. Unfortunately, this also means that any donations made to these charities are not tax deductible. In most cases, once the donation has been made, there […]

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New Bill Would Make Investigating Charity Fraud More Difficult

A bill introduced to the House of Representatives and awaiting a vote would make “dark money” untraceable, which poses some risks to charity fraud investigations. “Dark money” refers to anonymous donations to nonprofits, usually politically active groups, that allow wealthy people to donate money without attracting attention to themselves. It’s become a huge issue in […]

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Couple Who Ran Fraudulent Charity Face 20 Years in Prison

The founders of a charity based in San Diego were convicted of fraud and theft on July 10th, and could face up to 20 years I prison. Kevin Lombard and Judith Paixao ran the Wounded Marine Careers Foundation from 2007 to 2009, which purported to train wounded veterans for jobs in the movie industry. A […]

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FTC Alleges Four Charities Stole $187 Million

The Federal Trade Commission, in a joint effort with attorneys general of all 50 states, have announced that a group of charities, purportedly started to help cancer survivors, are fraudulent. The Cancer Fund for America, the Breast Cancer Society, the Children’s Cancer Fund of America, and Cancer Support Services are alleged to have defrauded donors […]