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Charity Investigator: Healing Heroes Network

Healing Heroes Network Location: Palm Harbor, Fla. Total cash raised: .7 million Cash raised by professional solicitors: .3 million Total retained by professional solicitors: .1 million Total spent on programs: 8,725* Source: 2012 IRS 990 filing * Includes a portion of fundraising costs allocated to education and awareness Healing Heroes Network has a mission that tugs at the […]

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When it comes to fundraising, she’s a machine

Hear what happens when a potential donor realizes that a computer is calling, asking for a donation. Credit: Courtesy of the South Carolina Secretary of State’s office UPDATE, Nov. 15, 2013: This story updates to include information about a fine against Corporations for Character.  Amanda Thomas is the perfect telemarketer. She’s always perky and pleasant. […]

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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 […]

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Fla. investigators say police charity hired felons to raise donations

Regulators with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services raid a call center operated by Police Protective Fund, No. 20 on the Times/CIR list of worst charities.Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times Police Protective Fund raises millions of dollars each year in the name of fallen officers. On Tuesday, four men in charge of the […]