BouillonBilk_photo_Marie-Joelle_Corneau2-456x304This is an incredible story.

On January 31 the Orange County Register ran an exposé on the whopping percentage commercial fundraisers bilk from nonprofits for telemarketing. In California, for instance, they get a ridiculous 63% cut of monies raised.

And buried in that story was this gem:

“I don’t blame the fundraisers,” [Doug] White [nonprofit ethics and fundraising consultant] continued. “They’re for-profit companies doing their job. I blame the nonprofits that use them over and over and over again.


Some of those nonprofits are big-name national charities you’ve surely heard of - Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the American Civil Liberties Union, Medecins San Frontieres USA, Oxfam, Save the Children, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Natural Resources Defense Council - and those campaigns often wound up costing the charities money, rather than raising a single dime.

One campaign for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York had revenues of $2 million – but the nonprofit wound up losing $1.8 million nonetheless, for a return of minus 92.8 percent, according to data collected by the California attorney general.

Of all the examples of incompetent waste listed in the article, Planned Parenthood’s was the worst - simply hard to fathom. And don’t forget, this is the same organization we taxpayers gave $540 million to last year.

Hello, Planned Parenthood donors. Next time a telemarketer calls begging you to donate to PP, you’d be smart just to hang up. Your donations are more than blown. They cost PP coin. The way I see it, you would save PP money by not donating.

And I wonder how this particular commercial fundraiser was connected to PP? Whose telemarketing friend did PP hire?

UPDATE 2/28, 9:40a: Pro-Life Action League’s John Jansen has done an excellent investigative follow-up to my post, with additional information on just who the telemarketer is.

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