And there has been a fair amount of debate and discussion about the series.
Here’s a sample of what others are saying:
- The Chronicle of Philanthropy captured reactions from the industry in its report “‘Worst Charities’ Report Prompts Calls for Charities to Respond.”
- The Columbia Journalism Review highlighted the series as a resource for other journalists.
- Several local papers focused on organizations in their communities, including the The Philadelphia Inquire and the Gwinnett Daily Post in Lawrenceville, Ga.
- Two trade groups have responded. The Association of Fundraising Professionals criticized the series for focusing on organizations that are “extreme cases.” The Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation issued its first-ever set of fundraising guidelines.
- Guidestar, Charity Navigator and the Better Business Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance launched a campaign to encourage donors to examine factors beyond fundraising and administrative costs when evaluating charities. They stressed that overhead “can be a valid data point for rooting out fraud and poor financial management” in their letter.
- Roger Craver, a direct mail consultant, called on the industry to hold the organizations highlighted in the series accountable.
We’ll keep this simple, aggregated list updated from time to time.