posted on Aug, 27 2014 @ 11:34 PM
Don't be too quick to judge ALSA as a scam. It's actually doing very well as a charity, and spending a considerable amount/percentage on it's
stated goals of Patient Care, Public Awareness, and Research. While the numbers from the yearly report look bad, it's just simply a problem of
misinterpretation. For instance, 17 million of the 64 million went towards replacing 17 million spent from the previous year. That's how
non-profits work, they try to have a sizable amount of liquid assets at all times, and are sometimes required to depending on their charters and other
agreements. For ALSA, that number is 17 million. They actually spend 72.4% on their stated goals, not 10%.
See: Charity Navigator: ALSA
As far as the scams of charities, the problem isn't usually the charities themselves but the companies that handle telecommunication, mass mailing,
and other fundraising techniques. If someone calls you "On behalf of ABC charity", you can bet the charity only sees 5-10% of that money. Why?
Because the company you're dealing with is For-Profit working as a contractor for a Non-Profit. Deal with the charity directly and it will more than
likely go to where it is supposed to go.
Also, ALSA does have an option when you donate to have 100% of your money be earmarked for research. Of course it takes some faith that this is
what's actually going to happen.