My wife and I give to a number of charitable organizations, including many police charities that provide community support, like the Virginia State Police Association’s program that gives teddy bears to children involved in domestic abuse situations, and provides for families of officers killed or injured in the line of duty. So it’s not surprising we get calls from other “related” charities — some related in name only. Tonight I got a call from this group. When I looked up their report, I found they were associated with a number of other charities we have asked to put us on the do-not-call list. (See the link for the list; we’ve received calls from at least three of the others there.) Of course, they’ve never filed a disclosure to the Better Business Bureau in all that time. (Whenever I get a charity call, if it’s a firm I don’t already know, I always look them up at give.org to verify they are legit.)
Hmm, Gig Harbor, Washington is the address listed for the firm, but they were incorporated in California in 2001. Turns out that this firm (actually “Tomorrow’s Abundance”) is the brainchild of a low-life by the name of Robert M. Friend, who basically pockets as salary just about all the money collected by this charity after paying for the telemarketers and mailing costs. Oh yeah, and for his wife’s salary, since she’s also employed by the company. I guess we can tell whose abundance we’re supposed to be providing.