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'20 Worst Charities' list released by Oregon Attorney General

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Oregon Attorney General John Kroger is urging people to be careful when it comes to making charitable donations this holiday season.

His office issued its annual list of 'Oregon's 20 Worst Charities' on Wednesday. It urges people to avoid giving to charities that spend most of their funding on telemarketing and administration.

"Most charities in Oregon do important work, helping the needy and supporting worthy causes," said Attorney General Kroger. "But generous Oregon donors should be aware that some non-profits are little more than scams that provide little if any help to the causes they claim to support."

For the second year in a row, Shiloh International Ministries topped the list.

According to Kroger, Shiloh International Ministries claims to solicit money to provide medical necessities and moral support for needy children and to provide assistance to the homeless. 

No. 2 on the list is American Medical Research Organization, which claims that it raises money to support medical research on the cause, cure and treatment of macular degeneration.

The next 10 charities on the list are below:

Organization Average Annual Expenditures Percent Spent on Charitable Cause
Shiloh International Ministries (La Verne, CA) $846,340 3.2%
American Medical Research (Sarasota, FL) $783,217 4.2%
Law Enforcement Education Program (Troy, MI) $2,152,628 4.6%
Firefighters Charitable Foundation (Farmingdale, NY) $6,245,150 8.8%
Disabled Police Officers of America (Niceville, FL) $1,197,948 9.9%
The Wishing Well Foundation (Metairie, LA) $1,249,566 10%
National Vietnam Veterans Foundation (Alexandria, VA) $4,152,636 10.4%
Foundation for American Veterans (West Bloomfield, MI) $5,401,519 10.9%
Dogs Against Drugs / Dogs Against Crime (Anderson, IN) $1,042,284 11.1%
Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth (Everett, WA) $1,589,751 11.5%
Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation of America (Milwaukie, OR) $1,159,654 11.8%
Disabled Police Officers (Niceville, FL) $588,683 12.7%

For the complete listl, visit http://www.doj.state.or.us/charigroup/pdf/oregons_20_worst_charities_2011.pdf.

Before donating to a charity, it is important to make sure the organization is registered with the Attorney General's office.

Kroger cautions Oregonians to watch out for charities that send solicitations thanking you for your previous support or invoices claiming you made a recent pledge when you didn't. He says those methods are intentionally confusing and dishonest ways to obtain donations.

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Shiloh International $846,340 3.2%
La Verne, CA
Purpose: Provide medical necessities and moral support to needy children and
assistance to the homeless.
American Medical $783,217 4.2%
Research Organization
Sarasota, FL
Purpose: Support medical research on the cause, cure and treatment of macular
Law Enforcement $2,152,628 4.6%
Education Program
Troy, MI
Purpose: Support efforts to educate young adults about law enforcement, safety
issues and the misuse of alcohol.
Firefighters Charitable $6,245,150 8.8%
Farmingdale, NY
Purpose: Provide financial assistance to individuals affected by a fire or disaster.
Disabled Police $1,197,948 9.9%
Officers of America
Niceville, FL
Purpose: Educational Programs for Police Officers.
The Wishing Well $1,249,566 10.0%
Metairie, LA
Purpose: Fulfill the fondest wish for any terminally ill child not expected to reach
18 years of age.
National Vietnam $4,152,636 10.4%
Veterans Foundation
Alexandria, VA
Purpose: Support veterans' organizations
Foundation for $5,401,519 10.9%
American Veterans
West Bloomfield, MI
Purpose: Promote the social and recreational welfare of current and past U.S.
Armed Forces members, dependents, widows, widowers and others.
Dogs Against Drugs/ $1,042,284 11.1%
Dogs Against Crime
Anderson, IN
Purpose: Drug Education and Crime Prevention
Operation Lookout $1,589,751 11.5%
National Center for
Missing Youth
Everett, WA
Purpose: Provide free services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week regarding missing
Making Memories $1,159,654 11.8%
Breast Cancer
Foundation of American
Milwaukie, OR
Purpose: Grant wishes for terminally ill breast cancer patients, advance
awareness of breast cancer and educate the public about available resources.
Disabled Police Officers $588,683 12.7%
Counseling Center
Niceville, FL
Purpose: Assist disabled police officers
Committee for Missing $2,539,893 12.7%
Lawrenceville, GA
Purpose: Locate missing children
Law Enforcement $3,257,209 14.5%
Legal Defense Fund
Arlington, VA
Purpose: Provide legal assistance to law enforcement officers when it is
necessary to defend actions taken in the line of duty.
Caring for Our $618,658 15.3%
Children Foundation
Everett, WA
Purpose: Provide administrative assistance to other non‐profits and give small
grants to underfunded nonprofits that help victimized and missing children.
National Veterans $8,782,946 18.9%
Service Fund
Darien, CT
Purpose: Inform and educate in conjunction with service‐related illnesses and
work to raise public awareness of the contributions of veterans to our society.
Childrenʹs Leukemia $1,400,320 21.2%
Research Association
Garden City, NJ
Purpose: Support research efforts into the causes and cure of leukemia and to
provide assistance in meeting expenses incurred in treatment.
Dakota Indian $1,255,942 21.7%
Chamberlain, SD
Purpose: Assist in education of Indian people and preservation of Native
American culture.
Project Cure $4,833,111 23.3%
Bradenton, FL
Purpose: Increase public and professional awareness about the prevention,
detection and treatment of various chronic diseases.
Korean War Veterans $1,732,895 26.1%
National Museum and
Rantoul, IL
Purpose: Preserve a record of participation in the Korean War, educate the public
and promote friendship among vets.
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