ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Charity Gone Wrong?

Well, it would not have gone so wrong if our money went to actually funding research.

Take a look at this chart—only 28% of the ALS Association’s funds went towards research last year.

(Image: http://www.alsa.org/about-us/financial-information.html)

(Image: http://www.alsa.org/about-us/financial-information.html)

The ALS Association said in a press release, “As of August 29, the Association has received $100.9 million in donations compared to $2.8 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 29).” So how much money will actually go to the cause this year?

According to last year’s tax return, 50% (around $12.5 million) of the association’s revenue was spent on eleven people’s salaries.

I also learned that the ALS Association is involved in stem cell research from aborted fetuses. I wonder how revenues would have changed if donors had known? Hmm.

I’m sure we all have at least one friend take up the ice bucket challenge, not to mention the world’s smartest man, Bill Gates, and even Homer Simpson. But the worst challengers I have came across are babies (what the heck do they know about ALS?!).

But on a positive note, the ALS Association does say thank you, and better still, some ALS sufferers are getting better using a natural remedy, without a high research cost: coconut oil. What do you think about the challenge?

 

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