OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - If you gave money to a telemarketing
company working for an Oklahoma charity, chances are that less than
25 cents of every dollar donated went for the cause, according to
the results of a recent investigation.
Information on file with the Oklahoma secretary of state and
Internal Revenue Service shows that most contracts call for
professional telemarketers to pocket more than 75 percent of the
donations they solicit for Oklahoma charities.
An investigation by The Oklahoman of records filed in 2009 and
2010 found that a few of the telemarketers keep as much as 90
percent of the funds they collect. But officials with state-based
charities contracting with telemarketers say it's worth it because
the solicitors pay the costs for call centers and employees.