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  •  Also, for disease-related charities, I would think (4+ / 0-)

    that there is a certain amount of overhead that goes toward vetting research projects that are applying for grants.  For something like the diabetes fund mentioned, it does not specify what they are doing for diabetes prevention, but with that low overhead amount, they are probably not funding carefully reviewed research.  

    A real red flag for me is a charity whose work is to "increase awareness" - that can mean that they're just sending a little bit of information along with their pleas for donations, thereby letting them classify their fundraising as "awareness" or "education".  My former boss was constantly hit up by various scam charities which, if you read the fine print, only give 5-10% of the $$ received to the actually cause.  In all likelihood, they probably just take that portion and donate it to a "name" organization for the disease in question.

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