In a major investigation conducted by Bloomberg Markets Magazine, senior reporter David Evans found that the American Cancer Society, among other major charities in the United States, have signed suspicious contracts with telemarketers to raise money.
The American Cancer Society is the largest health charity in the country and has enlisted InfoCision Management Corp. to raise millions of dollars over the past decade. In 2010, InfoCision raised $5.3 million through hundreds of thousands of volunteers. But according to the American Cancer Society's filings with the Internal Revenue Service, zero percent of those donations went into funding cancer research or helping patients.
Perhaps even more egregious, Evans found that some major charities encourage telephone solicitors to lie and say that a majority of the money raised through donations will be used for charitable purposes.