America’s Worst Charity Scams

THE WORST CHARITIES, RANKED BY MONEY BLOWN ON SOLICITING COSTS

Errol Copilevitz started his legal career representing strip clubs and porn shops on the seedy side of Kansas City. Then he took free-speech arguments honed defending topless bars to a more lucrative field, philanthropy.

The bad charity list below was the work of The Tampa Bay Times and The Center for Investigative Reporting. They spent a year identifying the 50 worst charities in America based on the money they paid to professional solicitation companies over the past decade.

Copilevitz & Canter has represented nearly three-quarters of them, as well as most of their for-profit telemarketers and direct mail companies.

Totals from the latest 10 years of available federal tax filings.
Data updated in December 2014.

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