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Kendall Taggart is a former data reporter at The Center for Investigative Reporting. Her recent project, America's Worst Charities, exposed systemic weaknesses in state and federal oversight of nonprofits. The series, produced in collaboration with the Tampa Bay Times, won the Barlett & Steele Award gold prize. Kendall also was part of the reporting team that uncovered flaws in the way school regulators in California inspect and certify public schools to ensure they are seismically safe. That series, On Shaky Ground, won the public service award from Scripps Howard and two awards from Investigative Reporters & Editors. Kendall is a Massachusetts native and graduate of Reed College. She has lived and worked in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Trujillo, Peru.

Articles

Money and Politics

No accounting for what charities ship overseas

In Guatemala, 20 percent of the population lives on less than a day. CNN GUATEMALA CITY – In 2010, one of Central America’s poorest countries received huge shipments of humanitarian aid from an unlikely source. That year, Guatemala, where 20 percent of the population lives on less than $1 a day, got $40 million worth

Jan 24, 2014

Three ways to investigate charities in your area

To help you vet charities in your area, we’ve pulled together reporting resources we gathered while working on our America’s Worst Charities series with the Tampa Bay Times.

Dec 5, 2013
America's Worst Charities

How we followed a telemarketer’s tracks in Iowa

To track how telemarketing companies target donors, the Tampa Bay Times and The Center for Investigative Reporting focused on one company, Associated Community Services, and examined how it did business in one state, Iowa. Associated Community Services is one of the largest charity fundraisers in the country, according to data compiled by GuideStar, an organization

Nov 14, 2013