Atlanta-Based Charity Under Suspicion of the BBB
According to a report on wsoctv.com, Scott Wickersham of Whisteblower 9 was asked by a viewer to investigate a charity that had been distributing pink bags all over south Charlotte asking for donations of clothes and electronics. He found the charity to be legitimate on all technicalities, but their Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating was severely wanting. More specifically, the charity organization, Nspire Outreach, had an F rating.
Wickersham came upon warning signs besides the F rating that made him question the legitimacy of the charity organization. The pink bags the company used in Charlotte to gather donations had a different organization’s name printed on them. After hauling in $7 million in 2006, the company became a church organization, thus freeing them from listing financial documents.
The director of Nspire Outreach claimed that the donations were being spent on the upkeep of the charity organization and its various facilities, yet there was no way to confirm his words since there was no transparency about the company’s financial doings.
The pink bags were also seen in Pineville and Ballantyne. BBB associate Tom Bartholomy advised that people donate to more trusted, community-oriented charity organizations.
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