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Where Do Your Gift Dollars Go?

By Lavender January 16, 2009

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Examining 10 Community Nonprofits

When planning your charitable giving—particularly during these parlous economic times—it is wise to know what percentage of your gift dollars goes where.

To this end, Lavender examined the tax returns of 10 local nonprofit organizations, on file for public perusal at the Office of the Attorney General, Charitable Organization Division, St. Paul. We plan to do so annually.

In the chart below, the final percentages represent the total percentage of salaries plus benefits compared to revenue.

One Response to Where Do Your Gift Dollars Go?

  1. Art Knapp says:

    This is as irresponsible a piece of journalism as I have seen in some time. Don’t you realize that most of the salaries at the Minnesota AIDS Project are paid to individuals to provide free services for patients? You make it seem as if these people are just collecting checks to run the organization. Your stats would make one think that the money given is not being used appropriately. What was your point here? Discourage charitable giving? It is one thing when firms are riding around in limos and your money is being wasted – we need to know those things. When the money is used appropriately that should be highlighted. Very sloppy, lazy journalism.

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