Generosity of Contributors Wanes as the Shysters Cripple Charity By Tom Tiede NEW YORK (NBA) — Part of the incidental information culled from the investigation of President Nixon's tax returns was that in 1972 he contributed a mere $292 to charity. The niggardly gift was surprising to much of the nation, but not really a subject of controversy because of a general belief that charities are old fashioned, that philanthropy is fading and that donations in general are down. No so. According to statistics just compiled, charities are enjoying unprecedented favor in America, and the President, in 19'72, simply was not doing hi$ share. The American Association of Fund Raising Refunds to Be Made for Fuel Overcharging DES MOINES, Iowa (API- Agreements have been signed by 22 Iowa and Nebraska service stations and propane dealers in the past two weeks to refund $52.549 in overcharges.for fuels, said J. T. Rideoutte of the Internal Revenue Service. The propane overcharge will be refunded to specific customers, while gasoline and Counsel reports that some 27-milIion tax returns indicated charitable deductions last year, and some half-million charities shared in a record-breaking receipt of $24.5 billion. The figures are staggering and, to a nation plagued by enough problems of inhumanity and carelessness, they are encouraging. Religious groups and institutions received $10.9 billion alone. One contributor. Mrs. Geraldine Rockefeller Lodge, gave $85 million to set up a foundation in her name. and another philanthropist, Mrs. Helen Bonfils, donated $50 million to the performing arts. • The Fund Raising Council .says that individual Americans contributed more than $18 billion of the total for an average contribution of $490 apiece. But beneath this good news, there are some signs that the President may not be so out of trend as it seems. Perhaps he is merely ahead of his time. Despite large sums being given to charity at present, there is worry it may not continue. Already Americans are giving less of their total income to needy causes (1.75 per cent today vs. 1.78 in 1960) and some experts in the field, such as Melvin Van de Workeen of the National Information Bureau, believe young people, tomorrow's givers, "are being turned off by charity." The reason for the concern is simple: Many charities operate fund-raising campaigns that raise more No. 2 diesel stations will refund in the form of lower prices. Rideoutte said in most cases the overcharge was between one-cent and three-cents a gallon. He said the Family Circle DX of Waterloo was found to have altered its books and records and has paid a $1.000 fine. Those agreeing to make the refunds and the amount overcharged are: Bill's Garage & DX, Rockwell City. $192.10; B u 11 e r." s DX, Burlington. $2.367.09; Charlie's Skellv Service. Red Oak, $1.161.14; Chick's Standard. Burlington, $64; D & G Skelly. Red Oak. $313.91; Don's Conoco. Carson, $262.76: Family Circle DX. Waterloo. $12.921.31; Glenwood Oil Co.. Glenwood. $852.30; Hay's DX, Des Moines. $532.95. Also Hunt's DX, Burlington. $1,281.91 ; Morett's 66. Dubuque, $1,615.96: Rix Bros. Standard, Manning, $2.039.05; Rog's Service, Manson. $353.33; Rogers Standard Service. Mount Vernon. •.$2.508.92: Rump's Texaco. Burlington. $751.96: Siegel's money for the fund raisers than the charity. And it's not only young people who are disturbed by such questionable procedures, it's everybody who^s aware of what sometimes goes on. Says Jack Schwartz, whose 42-year-old Fund Raising Council is a collection of 30 major, and presumably legitimate, firms: "We fight this image all the time. Everytime some fly-by-night shyster clips the public, legitimate fund raisers are hurt. People get suspicious and it's harder to get them to give." To be sure, there are numerous fly-by-night shysters. One Washington, D.C., fund raiser recently forced charity organizers to sign a contract which allowed him to take his expenses and profit before any donations could go to the needy. Another group, called the Friends of the FBI. is reported to have used such devious tactics in money raising that Auto Service. West Burlington, $3.569.88; Torrid Gas Co.. Russell. $11.226.24. and Woody's 66. Spirit Lake. $338.50. Nebraska firms included: R. M. Bunstock Oil & Supply, McCook. . $2.074.46 : Conley-Detlefsen Truck Slop. North Platte. $3.309.03; Detlefsen Oil Co.. North Platte, $3,668.43; Gage County Oil Co..Beatrice. $1.144.56. Times Herald, Carroll, la. _ *» Wednesday, April 24, 1974 I U the most popular G-Man of them all, TV's Ephrem Zimbalist, Jr. withdrew his name from its list of alleged supporters. But breaking or bending legalities is not the most prevalent of fund-raising abuses. In most.cases the perversion is mostly an ethical one: Fund raisers milk high but lawful profits from ostensibly worthy causes. In one classic example uncovered by Sen. Walter Mon dale's Senate Subcommittee on Children and Youth, investigators found that fund raisers,ifbr a group called Asthihaiic Children's Foundation rai$ed $10 million to help the diseased kids, then pocketed 86 percent of the total as campaign expenses. Naturally, this latter abuse Sailor Visits In Wall Lake WALL LAKE — Randy Franks, who is stationed on the U.S.S. Garcia off New York coast, was a Sunday afternoon caller in the home of Mrs. Minnie Rielema. A. weekend guest'in the home of Mrs. Bernadyne Kelly was Dan.Kellv of Onawa. Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Johnson FOXTAILS VELVETLEAF (Buttonweed) COCKLEBUR JIMSONWEED SMARTWEED plus Sencor. « there are more problems than one herbicide can handle. 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The surface route to cleaner soybeans. As vvilh all agricultural 'products, road and follow the I a'.so l;ihcl irr,im< .MOMS 'Sencor is a registered trademark ol Chtimmiru Utvi;n>n i,l U;iyi.l»-ni i.mn HLKBICIUI BY Monsanto will no doubt hinder future collections for asthmatic youngsters. Thus the concern that shady or incompetent fund raisers will eventually cripple charity in general. Schwartz of the Fund Raising Council says that newspapers should do more to protect the legitimate enterprises, by emphasizing the positive rather than the negative side of charity campaigns. He says the unworthies are ''an extremely small percentage" of the total. He adds that the major fund-raising firms will not even consider a charity campaign if the cost gets much above 25-30 per cent. Yet as of now very little is known about the extent of fund-raising abuse. The true crooks may be, as Schwartz says, "an extremely small percentage" of the overall; but then again the NIB, which acts as a fact-finding agency for philanthropers, annually finds that some 75 of the nation's largest and most of Holstein were Tuesday noon luncheon guests in the Frank Johnson home. Saturday evening visitors in the Alfred Dreesen home were Mr. and Mrs. Bob Kolrek of Cedar Rapids. Mr. and Mrs. Gene Karsten and family were guests last Sunday in the home of Mrs. Jacob Gehrig at Omaha. They visited with Mr. and Mrs. Doug Gehrig and family who. left on Monday for Houston. Tex., where they will make . their home. Southern Couple Visit Mrs. Hoft WALL LAKE - Mr. and Mrs. Willard Hoft of Huntsville, Ala. were Sunday morning callers in the home of Mrs. Marie Hoft. Afternoon visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hoft of Fort Dodge. Dr. Dan Youngblade of Sioux City was a Friday dinner guest in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stickrod. Dr. and Mrs. Dean Einsphar of Appleton, Wis. were weekend guests. lone Brown and Wanda Sifford accompanied Mrs. Wesley Little of St. Croix, Virgin Islands and her son-in-law, Mr. Allen Meyers of Friendship, N. Y. to Parkersburg-where they attended the wedding of Mrs. Little's son. Lt. Percy Foster to Debra Hart. Dr. Richard Moore and daughters, Elizabeth and Joyce of Des Moines brought the Wall Lakers home on Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Stimson 'were weekend guests in the Paul Nesset home at Marshall, Minn. entrenched charities operate to some degree of inefficiency or exaggeration. Some states and .cities do regulate charities, and demand such information as financial breakdowns, but for the most part, this data, nationally, is privileged. Rep. Lionel Van Deerlin (D-Calif.) reports that he recently tried to check into the operations of several charities and found they refused to answer any questions. The National Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau also have had difficulties getting charities to reveal the economics of their .operations. In some cases, the charities refuse for reason of "privacy", and many well-known religious charities say they maintain secrecy on the sacred tenent of church and state separation. Not surprisingly, attempts are being made to change this secrecy. Van Deerlin has introduced a House bill which would 'force charities which solicit by mail to disclose the facts'of their money disbursement. Mondale is leaning toward the creation of some kind of federal information center whereby any citizen can check on the worthiness of his prospective charity and the use of his donated dollar. Less specific, but apparently equally concerned, the Nixon administration has set up a commission to "study the situation." But in lieu of new laws or restrictions, legitimate fund raisers and charity workers say the abuses can even now be minimized if individuals and corporations follow two simple and logical rules: (1) Never give money to unidentified people and (2), Never give money to a charity that will not reveal how its donations are spent. "Charity shall cover the multitude of sins," says Revelations 4-8; and in this day and age, that includes naivete. Two Killed in Crash at Moville MOVILLE, Iowa (AP)—Two persons were killed and two injured Tuesday in a three-car accident at the junction of Iowa 140 and U.S. 20 at Moville. The Iowa Highway Patrol identified the dead as Carl Herman Balk, 71. rural Moville, and his wife, Mary Louise. 68. Injured were Maurice LeRoy Gann, 66, Schaller, and his wife, Gladys, 66. Gann was treated at a local hospital and released. His wife was reported in fair condition Tuesday. Authorities said the driver of the third car, Frances Para, 32, Kingsley, and her 3-year-old daughter were not hurt. FOR EVERYTHING PHOTOGRAPHIC SEE FRANK BALK - THE PHOTO EQUIPMENT SPECIALIST ^— Big in salads When you taste Festal Grade A you'll know why.
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