National September 11 Memorial Museum at
the World Trade Center, based in New York
City, spent 55 percent of its funds on program
expenses related to the design, construction,
and operation of the National September
11 Memorial; it dedicated 31 percent to
fundraising and 15 percent to management
and general costs.
its ongoing effort to bring transparency
to how charities spend money given by donors,
the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs
today released the updated list of “New
Jersey’s Top 10 Most Inquired-About
Charities,” with pie charts illustrating
each charity’s spending during its
most recently reported fiscal year.
list, available at www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/charity/inquired/#list,
is drawn from consumer calls to the Division’s
Charities Registration Hotline, 973-504-6215.
Today’s list provides information
on the 10 charities most often asked about
by consumers who called the Hotline in July
and August 2011.
consumers donate their hard-earned dollars
to a cause, they should know exactly how
the charity in question will use their money,”
Thomas R. Calcagni, Director of the Division
of Consumer Affairs, said. “Potential
donors are often completely unaware that
certain charities spend 80 percent of their
donations on nothing but fundraising, while
others spend nearly every cent on actual
charitable programs. We remain committed
to helping consumers empower themselves,
and helping them ‘investigate before
to the Better Business Bureau’s “Standards
for Charity Accountability,” a charity
should dedicate at least 65 percent of its
expenses toward program activities, and
no more than 35 percent on fundraising.
of the Top 10 charities is listed below,
beginning with those that spent the smallest
percentage of their funds on charitable
programs. Refer to the list at www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/charity/inquired/#list,
to see the full pie chart and additional
information for each charity on the list.
State Division of Consumer Affairs encourages
New Jersey consumers to learn about charities
before making a donation. For example:
who believe they have been cheated or scammed
by a business, or suspect any other form
of consumer abuse, can file a complaint
with the State Division of Consumer Affairs
by visiting its website, www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov,
or by calling 1-800-242-5846
(toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.
the Division of Consumer Affairs on Facebook
and check our online calendar of upcoming
Consumer Outreach events at www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov/outreach/.