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Charity on Trial: What You Need to Know Before You Contribute Hardcover – October 25, 2006

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"Whether you are a donor, volunteer, or a nonprofit employee, Charity On Trial will illuminate and educate you. If you comparison shop the next refrigerator you buy, shouldn't you learn all you can about the nonprofit organizations you work with and support? Start with this book. -- About.com By Joanne Fritz
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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Barricade Books (October 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569803013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569803011
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,880,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on March 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As an Executive Director of a large inner city Social Service Agency this is a great book. Most of us all agree you have to have a vision where you want to be, and how you want to get there. Mr. White clearly has a vision that all charities should strive for the highest ETHICAL and not just legal standards. His book has a lot to offer in helping us keep our minds on that job, while we also try to keep our eyes on the prize. Donor Accountability is not to be taken lightly and this book is right on target for today's post Enron Era. Every CEO, CFO and ED's should read this book.

It should be required reading in any MBA field and certainly for anyone involved in the Fundraising Profession. Stephen Providence RI
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mari-Anne on March 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a baby boomer who writes lots of checks to charities, I found this book to be enlightening and enormously helpful. The author clearly has the information donors need to ensure that the money they give is used for the purposes they intend. Although he pulls no punches, Mr. White's heart is firmly in the world of charities. He wants to weed out the bad ones so the good ones succeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mandy Payne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 1, 2013
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This book is a must read for anyone who gives to charity. Be very careful where you give money. I never would have believed that someone would use the name of their dead child, along with pictures and crayon drawings from the dead child, to pay for their pool services...but it happens.

A few years ago, I met a woman who had a very sad story about losing her child to brain cancer. She had started a foundation in her child's name to raise money for families who needed financial assistance while their children were going through treatment for various life threatening diseases. This sounded like a cause I could get on board with, someone who seemed to have a real vision.

Wow, great idea...VERY poor execution. It didn't take many weeks of volunteering and contributing to discover that the main beneficiary was the founder. Of course, they did what they must to stay out of jail, but not much more. Sure, It sounded great that the founder claimed to take no salary from the foundation...but her children's nanny was on the charity payroll as a bookkeeper. The family gardener was paid through the charity. The household expenses were paid through the charity. It became very obvious what this business really was...but to the contributors and public, it appeared to be a good cause. One or two people who had at some point received some assistance from the foundation were constantly called upon to act as spokespeople for their good works, and everything appeared perfect from the outside.

My point is, that before that time, I was never sophisticated or suspicious enough to check and see where the money went. It seemed to me that when someone started a charity, it was because they felt compelled to do good. I was very naive.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Willman on March 13, 2007
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As a donor to a number of charities, I found this book to be enlightening. After reading it, I understood better how to look at charities with a more critical eye. In so doing, I can make certain my money is best spent. This book is a must for anyone interested in being a more focused donor.
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