This month’s member conference call will be with CIR reporter Kendall Taggart and the Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times’ Kris Hundley on their collaborative investigation, America’s Worst Charities, on June 18 at 11:30 a.m. PDT.

Taggart and Hundley used state and federal records to identify nearly 6,000 charities that chose to pay for-profit companies to raise their donations. They found that the worst charities paid solicitors nearly $1 billion over the past 10 years – money that could have been spent on programs for terminally ill children, disabled veterans, seniors and others.

According to the report, “For the worst charities, writing big checks to telemarketers isn’t an anomaly. It’s a way of life.”

Join our call to hear Taggart and Hundley dive into their findings, talk about the process of finding the bad apples out of roughly 1.6 million registered nonprofits and share the best ways to ensure your donations go to good use. 


When: June 18, 11:30 a.m. PDT 

Meeting Wall (online listening):

U.S. number: 530-881-1212

U.S. toll-free number: 855-212-0212

Meeting ID: 710-741-070

Follow the conversation online: Join the discussion on Twitter by following #badcharities

Instructions: At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line. When prompted, enter the meeting ID, followed by the pound key. To join the meeting online, click on the Meeting Wall link above, then press “Join.” On the next page, enter your name and email address, then press “Submit.” The system will guide you through the process of downloading the meeting dashboard to participate.

Dialed In is a monthly interactive call between our members and reporters about the topics we all care about. Check out our recordings of past calls on our Dialed In page.

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Rebecca Saar's background is in marketing, market research and organization development, both in the governmental and nonprofit sectors. She did a year of service in AmeriCorps VISTA in Marin County, focusing on capacity-building and program development. She has a degree in international studies-political science from UC San Diego, where she founded and led the Model United Nations. She also interned for governmental agencies, including the office of U.S Rep. Susan Davis of California and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service at the American Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany.