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(ESPN)   Top athletes' charities often don't meet nonprofit operating standards. If you've donated to Lamar Odom's cancer charity, you should know that it has not given a dime in grant money to any cancer entity in its eight-year history   (espn.go.com) divider line 34
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2013-03-31 01:41:49 PM
It did however buy Kim a great crystal centerpiece as a wedding gift, so at least your money helped someone.
 
2013-03-31 02:19:53 PM
The money goes toward research into how much blow it will take to give Lamar Odom cancer
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2013-03-31 03:13:26 PM
Who the fark would give money to a celebrity charity in the first place?

Aren't most of these charities run by friends and family of the celebrity, so they can have steady jobs/income while basically doing nothing?
 
2013-03-31 05:43:58 PM

MBK: Who the fark would give money to a celebrity charity in the first place?

Aren't most of these charities run by friends and family of the celebrity, so they can have steady jobs/income while basically doing nothing?


I have and will continue to donate to Charles Tillman's charity, and I've definitely considered donating to Israel Idonije's charity as well.  Both are known for their charity and community work in the area, so it's a safe bet.
 
2013-03-31 05:48:39 PM
The phone number listed on the IRS forms for each charity rings to a private residence in Manitoba, where a woman who answered the phone said, over dogs barking in the background, that she's never heard of Randy Moss.

lol
 
2013-03-31 05:49:50 PM
The research is looking for a cure for locker room cancers.
 
2013-03-31 05:58:02 PM
Lamar Odom has a charity?  What a great guy!  Let me get my checkbook...
 
2013-03-31 06:13:58 PM

MBK: Who the fark would give money to a celebrity charity in the first place?

Aren't most of these charities run by friends and family of the celebrity, so they can have steady jobs/income while basically doing nothing?


you dink. I suppose you're also goihg to say that Virgil wasn't actually the Million Dollar Man's manservant.

Hairball.
 
2013-03-31 06:24:34 PM
Wouldn't it be way easier to find an established charity with a mission you agree with and slap your name on their newsletter?

You can do all the special stuff you want, and have none of the problems from running an actual tax exempt organization.
 
2013-03-31 06:27:56 PM
I assumed such charities (with some good exceptions e.g. Tillman) just existed to give away jobs at said non-profits / tax dodge / way to write off certain expenses tangentially related to the focus of the "charity", etc.

[clicks]

Yep.
 
2013-03-31 06:28:08 PM
to be fair, i count the kardashians as a cancer.

/so theres that
 
2013-03-31 06:30:09 PM
So if Lamar Odom got cancer would it be irony or poetic justice?
 
2013-03-31 06:33:15 PM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Wouldn't it be way easier to find an established charity with a mission you agree with and slap your name on their newsletter?

You can do all the special stuff you want, and have none of the problems from running an actual tax exempt organization.


You probably sponsored kids to go to Michael Jacckson's Neverland Ranch, so you don't have much of a leg to stand on.
 
2013-03-31 06:34:40 PM

TheManofPA: It did however buy Kim a great crystal centerpiece as a wedding gift, so at least your money helped someone.


Ho ho, whot a funnay joke.
 
2013-03-31 06:39:24 PM

MBK: Aren't most of these charities run by friends and family of the celebrity, so they can have steady jobs/income while basically doing nothing?


Most are created by athletes who want to lend their name to a good cause.  Then they realize actual work is involved to raise money and run a charity, so their foundations go dormant.  I guess it wouldn't surprise me that some of these end up doing little but benefiting friends and family.

/our charitable organizationsystem is broken.  It's far too easy to create an organization.  So much donated money is wasted on useless costs.
//do your research before you donate.  There are a loooot of terribly run organizations.  Mostly, there are simply far too many tax exempt organizations often trying to do the same thing.  That redundancy leads to waste, which is a damn shame.
 
2013-03-31 06:41:41 PM

Porndip Poonpat: TheManofPA: It did however buy Kim a great crystal centerpiece as a wedding gift, so at least your money helped someone.

Ho ho, whot a funnay joke.


But the big question is: Did you click the smart button as well
 
2013-03-31 06:47:25 PM
So they've adopted the conservative movement's fundraising model.
 
2013-03-31 07:00:26 PM

TofuTheAlmighty: So they've adopted the conservative movement's fundraising model.


Ya, about that....
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Do_republicans_or_democrates_give_more_to_ ch arity
 
2013-03-31 07:04:20 PM
Remember this the next time you see celebrities competing for "charity" on TV
 
2013-03-31 07:06:35 PM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Wouldn't it be way easier to find an established charity with a mission you agree with and slap your name on their newsletter?

You can do all the special stuff you want, and have none of the problems from running an actual tax exempt organization.


But then when you needed to give your hommies and entourage paychecks, you couldn't get Uncle Sam to foot 35% of the bill
 
2013-03-31 07:08:48 PM

ArmednHammered: TofuTheAlmighty: So they've adopted the conservative movement's fundraising model.

Ya, about that....
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Do_republicans_or_democrates_give_more_to_ ch arity


Ya about that...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_action_committee
 
2013-03-31 07:14:26 PM

Porndip Poonpat: Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Wouldn't it be way easier to find an established charity with a mission you agree with and slap your name on their newsletter?

You can do all the special stuff you want, and have none of the problems from running an actual tax exempt organization.

You probably sponsored kids to go to Michael Jacckson's Neverland Ranch, so you don't have much of a leg to stand on.


I got a totebag out that, so you can shut the hell up!
 
2013-03-31 07:15:42 PM

you are a puppet: ArmednHammered: TofuTheAlmighty: So they've adopted the conservative movement's fundraising model.

Ya, about that....
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Do_republicans_or_democrates_give_more_to_ ch arity

Ya about that...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_action_committee


Ya about that....
This article or section appears to contradict itself about which PACs are the largest.
And we were talking about charities not PACs.
 
2013-03-31 07:19:10 PM

ArmednHammered: you are a puppet: ArmednHammered: TofuTheAlmighty: So they've adopted the conservative movement's fundraising model.

Ya, about that....
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Do_republicans_or_democrates_give_more_to_ ch arity

Ya about that...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_action_committee

Ya about that....
This article or section appears to contradict itself about which PACs are the largest.
And we were talking about charities not PACs.


The poster you responded to was talking about political fundraising. Did you infer that conservative movement's fundraising model referred to charity?
 
2013-03-31 07:35:37 PM

you are a puppet: ArmednHammered: you are a puppet: ArmednHammered: TofuTheAlmighty: So they've adopted the conservative movement's fundraising model.

Ya, about that....
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Do_republicans_or_democrates_give_more_to_ ch arity

Ya about that...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_action_committee

Ya about that....
This article or section appears to contradict itself about which PACs are the largest.
And we were talking about charities not PACs.

The poster you responded to was talking about political fundraising. Did you infer that conservative movement's fundraising model referred to charity?


Hmmm, you're right, he was. I was just trying to keep the thread on the topic of charitable donations.
In any case, my original point stands.
 
2013-03-31 08:54:42 PM

ArmednHammered: So if Lamar Odom got cancer would it be irony or poetic justice?


Well the money would go towards cancer then, but only then.  Maybe celebrity charities are the rich folks answer for health insurance, to get the poor to pay into a sickness fund before they get sick.
 
2013-04-01 12:05:26 AM
What's with all the political asshattery in the sports tab lately? Is the politics tab broken too or just the politics tab's manure cannon artillery specialists ?
 
2013-04-01 01:01:42 AM
WTF - did the "Obvious" tag call in sick or something?
 
2013-04-01 01:49:42 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: WTF - did the "Obvious" tag call in sick or something?


It was late for its chemo treatment.
 
2013-04-01 09:51:54 AM

you are a puppet: The phone number listed on the IRS forms for each charity rings to a private residence in Manitoba, where a woman who answered the phone said, over dogs barking in the background, that she's never heard of Randy Moss.

lol


What an ignorant twit she is.
 
2013-04-01 01:31:29 PM
I remember looking into Seahawk Shaun Alexander's "foundation" after he signed his mega deal...


Revenues:
$116,916
Grants Disbursed:
$1,500
Net Assets:
$19,105
 Nice work Shaun. Why did you start a foundation instead of just writing a check for $1500? Not sure if Griffey's is as bad but I couldn't find his foundation at all at charity navigator.
 
2013-04-01 05:03:58 PM

JohnBigBootay: I remember looking into Seahawk Shaun Alexander's "foundation" after he signed his mega deal...


For some reason, when I think, "Athletes who founded charitable foundations," the first name that pops into my head is "Drew Brees / Katrina".

I wonder how his organization shakes out?
 
2013-04-01 07:09:42 PM

Slow To Return: JohnBigBootay: I remember looking into Seahawk Shaun Alexander's "foundation" after he signed his mega deal...

For some reason, when I think, "Athletes who founded charitable foundations," the first name that pops into my head is "Drew Brees / Katrina".

I wonder how his organization shakes out?


http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.profile&ein=562 38 0198

They have revenue. They have assets. We have no earthly idea what they do with those assets because they are currently unrated. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. At the very least it's an active organization that is confirmed to have made some disbursements. Whether or not they are an effective and efficient charity is anyone's guess.
 
2013-04-01 11:30:24 PM
Thanks for hunting that down ...

I find this part of your reply troubling:

JohnBigBootay: We have no earthly idea what they do with those assets because they are currently unrated.

  [...] Whether or not they are an effective and efficient charity is anyone's guess.


How is it not required by laws and regulations that this information be made public?
 
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