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IAFF Responds to "Worst Charities" Report

June 14, 2013 – The recent release of the “Worst Charities” list on CNN and other major networks includes organizations with similar names to the IAFF’s charities, including “Firefighters Charitable Foundation” and the “Firefighters Burn Fund.”

The IAFF and its Charitable Foundation are in no way affiliated with any of these charities, which use names mimicking reputable organizations to prey on the good nature of people who want to contribute to worthy causes.

Released by the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), the report lists the 50 worst charities which rake in millions in profit and give only a tiny percentage to the cause they claim to represent.

“These unscrupulous charities are hijacking the good name, strong reputation and public admiration for fire fighters, police and other respected charities just to line their pockets,” says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger.

The IAFF Charitable Foundation, which supports and administers several charitable funds focused on helping IAFF members and their families in their time of need, is not on the list of the 50 worst charities released by CIR and reported in the media. Much of the Foundation's costs are underwritten by the IAFF and less than 20 percent of funds are used for administrative and fundraising operations. 

For more information about the IAFF Charitable Foundation and its funds, click here.

The Federal Trade Commission provides valuable information about how to tell the difference between reputable organizations like the IAFF Charitable Foundation and organizations that exploit words like “fire fighter” or “police” just to make a profit. For more information, click here.


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