Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation

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THE WORST CHARITIES, RANKED BY MONEY BLOWN ON SOLICITING COSTS

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Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation was established in 1990. Its mission is “to assist children under the age of 18 and their families who are facing the hardships of a cancer diagnosis.”

The charity’s founder, Greg Anderson, has created an international network of eight charities, stretching from Harrisburg, Pa., to Berlin, Germany. His daughter, Erica Harvey, and wife, Linda Anderson, are both officers at two of the related cancer charities. Children’s Cancer Recovery does not pay Greg Anderson. But he was paid more than $170,000 in 2011 as president of one of his other charities, Cancer Recovery Foundation International.

Over the past decade, Children’s Cancer Recovery has raised about $35 million through professional solicitors and paid those companies about 80 percent of what was collected.The charity spent an average of $21,000 a year providing direct financial assistance to those in need.

Anderson said the charity’s solicitors also deliver messages on cancer prevention and survival when they call seeking donations. This dual role allows the charity to count some of its soliciting expenses under charitable programs in annual tax filings.

In addition, the charity receives millions of dollars a year in donated medical supplies and other “gifts-in-kind.” The charity reported receiving $7.3 million in donated goods in its most recent tax filing. The organization did not provide documentation requested by CIR and theTampa Bay Times regarding what goods were collected or how they were valued.

To procure medical supplies, Children’s Cancer Recovery has worked with World Help, an organization that gathers donated items and partners with charities to ship them overseas. In April 2013, World Help revealed that it had overstated the value of goods it shipped for many of its charity partners. In a revised audit, World Help reduced the value of its 2011 shipments from $227 million to $5 million.

Anderson addressed the issue in an article in the trade publication Chronicle of Philanthropy.

“It is my belief that World Help’s lack of management oversight, internal controls, and transparency brought about this mess,” Anderson told theChronicle. “Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation is a victim, not a perpetrator.”