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Charity Watch Dog Organization Launches Investigation of UMCOR

Call to Action

Continue to Inquire on Status of UMCOR Evaluation

In response to the February 21 Call to Action, sources have indicated that BBB Wise Giving Alliance has begun to evaluate the United Methodist Church UMCOR September 11th fund.  As earlier reported, UMCOR has received donations in excess of $17,000,000, and yet barely any of these funds have been expended.  UMCOR even continues to solicit funds, even though they have no idea where/when/if they'll distribute it all.

In order to keep UMCOR in the forefront of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, if you have not yet made an inquiry, click here for a confidential form to complete and send to the BBB.  Simply indicate on the form that you would like to know why UMCOR doesn't distribute the donations they've received.

Here's a copy of a recent response from the BBB Wise Giving Alliance:

From:  "Paxenos, Dina" <dpaxenos@cbbb.bbb.org>
Subject:  RE: Charity Inquiry
Date:  Wed, 6 Mar 2002 16:30:57 -0500

Dear Inquirer:

Thank you for contacting the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. This is in response to your request for information on a nonprofit organization.

We have requested information for an evaluation from the organization you inquired about [UMCOR] and will send you a full report when available.

If you would like to investigate an organization further, please contact the offices of your state attorney general or secretary of state.

In addition, for more wise giving information, please see our "Tips On..." publications at: http://www.give.org/tips/index.asp

Please do not interpret any information contained in this response to reflect approval or disapproval of any organization. The information is provided solely to help you use your own judgment.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.  We look forward to assisting you again in the future.


BBB Wise Giving Alliance
(a merger of the National Charities Information Bureau and the Council of Better Business Bureaus' Foundation and its Philanthropic Advisory Service)



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