Another call from CCRF

May 23, 2013, 9:42 am

I received another call from Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation.

This time I could tell it was an automated call. The responses were close to but not quite responsive to my questions. There was also a momentary delay between my question and the response which was longer than a human operator would take.

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My visit with telemarketer from the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation

May 9, 2013, 11:43 am

Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) is the latest charity to announce the revision of their financial statements.

Chronicle of Philanthropy reported this morning that the organization will revise their 2011 financial statements and 990 for the medicine they received from World Help – Cancer Charity Shrinks Its Revenue.  Mr. Doug Donovan, who wrote the article, indicates there is another donation that CCRF ought to address as well.  You can see CCRF’s announcement at the bottom of this page.

Mr. William Barrett tells of his telemarketing call from CCRF. The call was made by Associated Community Services (ACS). See his blog, New To Seattle, for his experience:  Really? Iffy charity says gift will benefit Seattle hospital. The script for the call he received said a portion of the donation would go to a nearby hospital that he’d not heard of. Some research revealed that hospital actually exists but had changed their name five years earlier.

A bit of research by Mr. Barrett identified the same issues that the Chronicle of Philanthropy has been discussing in their recent articles.

Mr. Barrett mentioned the Chronicle article and CCRF restatement this morning, calling it another shoe dropping in the ongoing issues over valuation. He suggests we may soon have a closet full of shoes – Iffy charity soliciting in Seattle gets more iffy.

Sometime soon I’ll have a series of posts on the accounting concept of joint cost allocation using the CCRF 990 as a case study. Before going into that discussion, it would be helpful to describe my call from ACS

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