Checking Out Gifts That Give Back

5:44 PM, Oct 14, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- You can find all kinds of gifts that give back. From mainstream stores like Target and it's RED line to charitable organizations like Samaritan's Purse.

But just because the catalog description or the tag says you're making a charitable purchase, you need to check the fine print.

For instance, in the most recent World Vision catalog, it states 85% of every gift goes to their programs.
Another one really popular gift catalog is Samaritan's Purse.
They're based in Boone and provide aid around the world. 
Their fine print reads about  90-percent of the money you spend in this catalog goes to its ministry. Up to 10% can be used to administer the gift.  All that sounded good to many of us.  

As always, we check other sources, like the Better Business Bureau. The organization didn't have any problems with World Vision. But did ding Samaritan's Purse on two points:
- the organization's CEO is also the board chair and
- 21 percent of the board is paid.

David Dalrymple with the BBB of Northwest North Carolina explains, "The board's job is to provide adequate oversight to the board including the CEO's performance. That's hard to do when the CEO's also the board chair."

Dalrymple goes on to say, if you're okay with what they are doing, that's ok. "The BBB simply wants people to be educated about the charities they're giving to. That's why we came up with our 18 standards for charity accountability."   













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