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    FEATURE/WORTH Magazine Names America's 100 Best Charities - and Highlights 12 Worth Avoidng

    FEATURE/WORTH Magazine Names America's 100 Best Charities - and Highlights 12 Worth Avoidng
    FEATURE...

    NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE FEATURES)--Nov. 29, 2001--We all know that it's better to give than receive - but whom we choose to give to is as important as the giving itself.

    With more than 800,000 charities awaiting our hard-earned dollars

    - just how does the average person know which are best? The December issue of WORTH magazine (LOOK FOR IT ON NEWS STANDS) does the necessary legwork just in time for the giving season with a carefully-researched List of America's 100 Best Charities - from the environment, relief and development, health, human services, and education - and presents 12 charities to steer clear of.
    LOOK WHO IS MENTIONED...
    Christopher Reeve

    Paralysis

    Foundation www.paralysis.org 1-800-225-0292 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    12 TO AVOID American Association of the Deaf-Blind American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens American Health Assistance Foundation AMVETS national Service Foundation Arthritis Research Institute of America Cancer Fund of America Firefighters Charitable Foundation Miracle Flights for Kids Multiple Sclerosis Association of America National Cancer Coalition Pacific West Cancer Fund Walker Cancer Research Institute/National Cancer Research Center

    WORTH, the monthly magazine edited for the dynamic wealth market,

    reaches active investors and business leaders with a median net worth

    of $1.25 million. The December issue will be available on newsstands

    December 6.

    CONTACT:

    WORTH Magazine, New York

    Susan Blankman, 212/724-6383

    KEYWORD: NEW YORK

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    worth giving to or steer clear?

    which is Reeve's org?

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    BirdeR,

    Is this true, that the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation is one of the 12 charities that Worth magazine advises people to steer clear of? What reason did they give? I am sorry but I haven't been able to get a hold of the article.

    Wise.

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    HOLD ON....TOTAL MISUNDERSTANDING....HERE IS THE ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE

    WAIT, HOLD THE PHONE...MISUNDERSTANDING!!! no, CHRISTOPHER REEVES ORG. WAS ONE OF THE 100 BEST NOT ONE OF THE ORGS. TO AVOID............................................. ........
    FEATURE/WORTH Magazine Names America's 100 Best Charities - and Highlights 12 Worth Avoidng


    FEATURE...

    NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE FEATURES)--Nov. 29, 2001--We all know that it's better to give than receive - but whom we choose to give to is as important as the giving itself.

    With more than 800,000 charities awaiting our hard-earned dollars

    - just how does the average person know which are best? The December issue of WORTH magazine does the necessary legwork just in time for the giving season with a carefully-researched List of America's 100 Best Charities - from the environment, relief and development, health, human services, and education - and presents 12 charities to steer clear of.

    *T ENVIRONMENT Conservation

    International www.conservation.org 800-429-5660 Defenders of

    Wildlife www.defenders.org 202-682-9400 Earthjustice www.earthjustice.org 800-584-6460 National Audobon

    Society www.audobon.org 212-979-3000 National Wildlife

    Federation www.nwf.org 800-588-1650 Natural Resources

    Defense Council www.nrdc.org 212-727-2700 The Nature

    Conservancy www.nature.org 800-628-6860 The Ocean

    Conservancy www.oceanconservancy.org 202-429-5609 The Trust for Public

    Land www.tpl.org 415-495-4014 World Resources

    Institute www.wri.org 202-729-7600 World Wildlife Fund www.worldwildlife.org 888-993-1100

    RELIEF AND

    DEVELOPMENT Accion www.accion.org 617-625-7080 American Refugee

    Committee www.archq.org 800-875-7060 Ashoka www.ashoka.org 703-527-8300 Care USA www.care.org 800-521-2273 Direct Relief

    International www.directrelief.org 800-676-1638 Doctors Without

    Borders www.doctorswithoutborders.org 888-392-0392 FINCA www.villagebanking.org 202-682-1510 Freedom from Hunger www.freedomfromhunger.org 800-708-2555 Heifer International www.heifer.org 800-422-0474 International Center

    for Research on

    Women www.icrw.org 202-797-0007 International

    Medical Corps www.imc-la.org 800-481-4462 International Rescue

    Committee www.intrescom.org 877-733-8433 Mercy Corps

    International www.mercycorps.org 800-292-3355 Operation USA www.opusa.org 800-678-7255 Oxfam America www.oxfamamerica.org 800-776-9326 PACT www.pactworld.org 202-466-5666 Physicians for Human

    Rights www.phrusa.org 617-695-0041 Refugees

    International www.refugeesinternational.org 800-733-8433 TechnoServe www.tns.org 800-999-6757 U.S. Committee for

    Refugees www.refugees.org 800-307-4712 U.S. Fund for UNICEF www.unicefusa.org 800-367-5437

    HEALTH Alzheimer's

    Association www.alz.org 800-272-3900 American Cancer

    Society www.cancer.org 800-227-2345 American Diabetes

    Association www.diabetes.org 800-342-2383 American Foundation

    for AIDS Research www.amfar.org 800-392-6327 American Heart

    Association www.americanheart.org 800-242-8721 American Lung

    Association www.lungusa.org 800-586-4872 Arthritis Foundation www.arthritis.org 800-283-7800 Association for the

    Cure of Cancer of

    the Prostate www.capcure.org 800-757-2873 Christopher Reeve

    Paralysis

    Foundation www.paralysis.org 800-225-0292 Easter Seals www.easter-seals.org 800-221-6827 Elizabeth Glaser

    Pediatric AIDS

    Foundation www.pedaids.org 888-499-4673 Epilepsy Foundation www.efa.org 800-332-1000 Foundation Fighting

    Blindness www.blindness.org 800-683-5555 Gynecologic Cancer

    Foundation www.wcn.org/gcf 312-321-6810 Juvenile Diabetes

    Research

    Foundation

    International www.jdrf.org 800-533-2873 National Alliance

    for the Mentally

    Ill www.nami.org 800-950-6264 National Alliance

    for Research on

    Schizophrenia and

    Depression www.narsad.org 800-829-8289 National Kidney

    Foundation www.kidney.org 800-622-9010 National Mental

    Health Association www.nmha.org 800-969-6642 National

    Organization for

    Rare Disorders www.rarediseases.org 800-999-6673 National Prostate

    Cancer Coalition www.pcacoalition.org 888-245-9455 Ronald McDonald

    House Charities www.rmhc.org 630-623-7048 Shriners Hospitals

    for Children www.shrinershq.org 800-241-4438 St. Jude Children's

    Research Hospital www.stjude.org 901-495-3306 SIDS Alliance www.sidsalliance.org 800-221-7437 Susan G. Komen

    Breast Cancer

    Foundation www.komen.org 800-462-9273

    HUMAN SERVICES America's Second

    Harvest www.secondharvest.org 800-771-2303 Big Brothers Big

    Sisters of America www.bbbsa.org 215-564-7000 Boys & Girls Clubs

    of America www.bgca.org 800-854-2582 Camp Fire USA www.campfireusa.com 800-669-6884 Center for Community

    Change www.communitychange.org 202-342-0519 Center for Youth as

    Resources www.yar.org 202-261-4131 Child Find of

    America www.childfindofamerica.org 800-426-5678 Children's Defense

    Fund www.childrensdefense.org 202-628-8787 Child Welfare League

    of America www.cwla.org 202-638-2952 Communities in

    Schools www.cisnet.org 800-247-4543 Family Violence

    Prevention Fund www.enabuse.org 415-252-8900 Girl Scouts of the

    USA www.girlscouts.org 800-478-7248 Girls Inc. www.girlsinc.org 800-374-4475 Goodwill Industries

    International www.goodwill.org 800-664-6577 Habitat for Humanity www.habitat.org 800-422-4828 Mothers Against

    Drunk Driving www.madd.org 800-438-6233 Ms. Foundation for

    Women www.ms.foundation.org 212-742-2300 National Center for

    Missing and

    Exploited Children www.missingkids.com 800-843-5678 National Coalition

    Against Domestic

    Violence www.ncadv.org 303-839-1852 National Council on

    the Aging www.ncoa.org 202-479-1200 National

    Organization for

    Victim Assistance www.try-nova.org 202-232-6682 National Partnership

    for Women & Families www.nationalpartnership.org 202-986-2600 Prevent Child Abuse

    America www.preventchildabuse.org 312-663-3520 Rape, Abuse & Incest

    National Network www.rainn.org 800-656-4673 Share Our Strength www.strength.org 800-969-4767 Special Olympics www.specialolympics.org 800-700-8585 V-Day www.vday.org Women in Community

    Service www.wics.org 800-442-9427 YMCA-USA www.ymca.net 888-333-9622 YWCA of the U.S.A. www.ywca.org 800-992-2871

    EDUCATION The Children's

    Scholarship Fund www.scholarshipfund.org 212-752-8555 Citizens Scholarship

    Foundation of

    America www.csfa.org 800-537-4180 Jumpstart for Young

    Children www.jstart.org 617-542-5867 Laubach Literacy

    International www.laubach.org 888-528-2224 Literacy Volunteers

    of America www.literacyvolunteers.org 877-435-7582 National Center for

    Family Literacy www.famlit.org 502-584-1133 Parents as Teachers

    National Center www.patnc.org 866-728-4698 Reach Out and Read www.reachoutandread.org 617-629-8042 Reading is

    Fundamental www.rif.org 877-743-7323 Teach for America www.teachforamerica.org 212-279-2080 Zero to Three www.zerotothree.org 202-638-1144

    12 TO AVOID American Association of the Deaf-Blind American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens American Health Assistance Foundation AMVETS national Service Foundation Arthritis Research Institute of America Cancer Fund of America Firefighters Charitable Foundation Miracle Flights for Kids Multiple Sclerosis Association of America National Cancer Coalition Pacific West Cancer Fund Walker Cancer Research Institute/National Cancer Research Center

    WORTH, the monthly magazine edited for the dynamic wealth market,

    reaches active investors and business leaders with a median net worth

    of $1.25 million. The December issue will be available on newsstands

    December 6.

    CONTACT:

    WORTH Magazine, New York

    Susan Blankman, 212/724-6383

    KEYWORD: NEW YORK

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    BirdeR, thanks so much for clarifying. Wise.

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    Name Similarities

    Birdie,
    Thank you for the list. It is important to look at the % of money going to administrative support...generally anything GREATER than 25% administrative is NOT a charity you want to support.

    Please not that most of the organizations listed to NOT support are VERY close in name to Reputable organizations. The MS Foundation is outstanding but the American MS Association is on the list of 12 to avoid.Shady companies look for name similarity and recogognition and then prey on well meaning people. In the end, those who need the funds as well as those who donate loose.

    Choose carefully and ask for the current audit which is available upon request..then you know that your money is being wisely used.

    I was happy to see an organization that has assisted our family during my recent injury listed..The YMCA. They have stepped forward and provided a tremendous amount of scholarship support for my youngests sons childcare. I am physically unable to take care of him butthe Department of Social Services says that I am home and he should be too. The YMCA stepped up to the plate and has helped and worked to keep a challenging developmentally disabled child in their care!!! Quodos to the YMCA as well as the other outstanding non-profits.

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    We really should start a list of all the charitable organizations that fund spinal cord injury research. Would anybody care to do so? It would be good to get comments and also see how many of these organizations have goals and missions that people in this community favor.

    Wise.

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    I Will Do It

    Dr Young,
    I would be willing to do the research, obtain mission statements and to try to get copies of where their money goes! If others on the site know of organizations, please pass them along.

    Sue, Do you have the list of federally approved charities?

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    You mean the one from the Combined Federal Campaign? If so, I can get one. May take a few days. The CFC publishes a book each year with all the registered charities that wish to participate. The main default chairty is the United Way. The charities are checked out as to being legally to par with IRS regulations and those who use more than 25%, I think, for administrative costs are marked to let people know where their money goes.

    Most federal employees and military members do give to the CFC. It is in the best interest of all charities to be in that book and have a number well advertised during the Fall campaign season. Employees can give over the course of a year in each pay check or in one lump sum. And no, there is no coercion that goes on trying to pry open federal employees' wallets. The CFC is voluntary. :-)

    Sue

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    Cheesecake, that is really fabulous. If I can help, please let me know. Wise.

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