A Decade Later, Fraudulent Charities Brought to Light
Today is the tenth anniversary of 9/11—nobody could have seen it coming, and nobody could see the effects that it would have on the world, ten years on. A decade later, what’s changed due to this catastrophic event? Practically everything… and, as many will tell you, many of our efforts to right the wrongs of that day have backfired or worse. Take this recent article about the state of 9/11 charities… many of which turned out to be fraudulent:
The Huffington Post reports:
NEW YORK—Americans eager to give after the 9/11 terrorist attacks poured $1.5 billion into hundreds of charities established to serve the victims, their families and their memories. But a decade later, an Associated Press investigation shows that many of those nonprofits have failed miserably.
There are those that spent huge sums on themselves, those that cannot account for the money they received, those that have few results to show for their spending and those that have yet to file required income tax returns. Yet many of the charities continue to raise money in the name of Sept. 11.
One charity raised more than $700,000 for a giant memorial quilt, but there is no quilt. Another raised more than $4 million to help victims, but didn’t account publicly for how it spent all of the money. A third helps support a 9/11 flag sold by the founder’s for-profit company.
There are other charities that can account for practically every penny raised – except that all the money went to pay for fundraising, and not the intended mission.
To be sure, most of the 325 charities identified by the AP followed the rules, accounted fully for their expenditures and closed after fulfilling identified goals.
There have been charities to assist ill and dying first responders, to help families of the dead, to help survivors and to honor the memory of victims. And there are charities that revolve around the flag, patriotism, motorcycle rallies and memorials of all sizes and shapes.
What do you think—is there a deep Taoist lesson hidden in here somewhere? What can we learn about response to crisis and keeping our rational mind with us in times of emotional stress?