A series by the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting in partnership with CNN
Why we did the series
The U.S. Navy Veterans Association story made us wonder:
How do you find the bad actors among 1.6 million nonprofits in America?
How we did the series
We interviewed regulators, charity executives, professional solicitors, government officials and nonprofit experts.
Government oversight is lax with little communication among the states.
Each year professional solicitors report how much they raised for charities and how much they retained.
Nobody looked at how much these solicitors were retaining over time.
"Overhead costs aren't a fair way to judge charities."
"I've never stopped liking Moon Pies."