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Re: Last-minute furniture pic-up/donations
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Not that calling them to get the crap out is a bad plan, but this org is bit shady.

From https://www.charitywatch.org/charitywa ... -34-program-debunked-/142

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Vietnam Veterans of America reported spending 67% of its expenses on programs in fiscal 2015. CharityWatch's analysis of VVA's tax form and audited financial statements for that year shows the charity spent only 16% of its expenses on programs.

Why the difference?

In short, in its audit VVA refers to the costs associated with collecting "discarded household items and automobiles from the community" to be a "Recycling Program." It subtracts these costs from the revenue it generates from selling these donated items to "contracted private companies." Therefore, these costs do not show up in VVA's reported fundraising and total expenses. A donor who takes the charity's reported operating expenses at face value would think VVA is operating more efficiently, and spending a higher portion of its budget on programs than it actually is.

CharityWatch disagrees with VVA's reporting. The expenses a charity incurs to raise donations, whether the donations are in the form of cash or non-cash items like donated household goods, are fundraising expenses and should be reported as such. In fiscal 2015, VVA reported spending $24.3 million on "solicitation costs for generating the items collected and sales costs for selling the items," according to its audit of the same year. For this reason, CharityWatch adds this amount to the charity's reported fundraising expenses so that all of its solicitation costs are reflected in its rating.

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Veterans of America

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Moving and was going to dispose furniture that I am unable to sell in my apartment's bulk trash room. Despite it not being in our resident's information packet, we are unable to dispose large furniture such as couches, mattresses, etc within our complex. Jersey City also does not pick up trash at my complex since we're serviced by a private company. Any tips of companies that do last-minute donations of bulk items? You need to arrange weeks in advance for Salvation Army. Don't want to spend hundreds of bucks with Junk Luggers if there is alternative...

Related, anyone want a free queen bed, box spring, mattress, love seat, etc by Thursday afternoon???

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