Top 5 Charity Pyramid Schemes Stealing Your Cash | Brainwash Update

Abby Martin calls out the top 5 American charities that are stealing your money, while giving less than one percent of donation to their respective causes.

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6 Comments on "Top 5 Charity Pyramid Schemes Stealing Your Cash | Brainwash Update"

  1. Graham Marco | Oct 2, 2013 at 8:07 pm |

    Chyeah. “News.” More like snarkety snark snark snark. Pfffffbbbt. I would have cared, but I’m *like-so-over* the presentation of RT. *eyeroll* *sticks gum on the camera lens* As if we need a show that gets angry FOR you. It’s the canned laughter effect with hammy outrage and a cheap trick more suited to propaganda.

  2. kowalityjesus | Oct 2, 2013 at 8:15 pm |

    I am reminded of a cow-orker’s story that was relayed to me recently. When he worked at Macy’s he was forced to suggest to customers a donation toward some charity. He investigated and found that only $1 goes to anything charitable whereas it apparently takes $9 to pay for ‘marketing’…which is executed entirely by the cashier. Naturally, his managers were not pleased when he relayed the whole truth and nothing but the truth as part of his required suggestive sell during transactions.

  3. spookiewon | Oct 2, 2013 at 9:08 pm |

    I share your outrage, but these are scams, not “pyramid schemes.” A pyramid scheme has layers of people recruiting ever more people and each layer pays the ones above.

    • Charlie Primero | Oct 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm |

      You’ve never been inside the mid-levels of a 501(c)3 hierarchy have you? 🙂

      Your level in the hierarchy and the size of your salary are totally determined by how many recruits you can bring it under you.

      Sign up for a free account at and read some IRS 990’s to see how it works.

  4. ishmael2009 | Oct 2, 2013 at 10:36 pm |

    These are the worst examples, but this same problem is endemic in the charity sector. Anyone who subscribes to Sea Shepherd’s Captain Paul Watson’s updates will know that he’s repeatedly called out Greenpeace for raising money to “save the whales” and then not doing anything.

  5. BuzzCoastin | Oct 3, 2013 at 12:36 am |

    truly embodying the notion
    that charity begins at home

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