AMERICAN NOTES: Checking Up on Charities

Americans last year gave some $22 billion in charity, with 86% of that large sum coming from individual donors. Yet no one really knows where all the money went, and Minnesota's Senator Walter Mondale, chairman of the Subcommittee on Children and Youth, has become increasingly alarmed at the operations of unchecked charities. Mondale is not alone. The national office of the Better Business Bureau received 10,000 inquiries and complaints about charities last year, and this year the volume is rising sharply.

The Mondale subcommittee probe last week of the Epilepsy Foundation of America revealed that straightforward aid to the needy...

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