Public Service Announcement – fund-raising mailing for “hospice support” that is fraudulent

by faithgibson on June 8, 2017

Editor’s Note: I received a letter asking for a $10 contribution to “hospice-at-home” — a category that i have more than the usual amount of interest, having provided “hospice” care to my own father (1983), mother (2002) and husband (2013) in the days and weeks before they died at home. I almost wrote a check just as a matter of course but then wondered why I’d never heard of this group.

I almost wrote a check just as a matter of course but then wondered why I’d never heard of this group. So i googled the organization’s name but found no mention of them on the “Charity Navigator” website. However, my search results also included the information that i posted below that identifies it as a scam.

I figured this post would add another on-line source to help other avoid being scammed.

faith ^O^


Reposted from: http://www.thepilot.com/opinion/hospice-fund-is-misleading/article_148bef96-615a-11e5-a201-6b413bea8fec.html

Hospices around the country are warning residents in their area about a national direct mail, sweepstakes and phone fundraising campaign by “Hospice Support Fund” out of Merrifield, Va.

The letter is purposefully designed to mislead generous donors, especially senior citizens, into believing they are supporting their local hospice.

It is moral, if not legal, fraud.

According to the fine print on the letter, 95 cents of each dollar donated goes toward the organization’s expenses, administration and fundraising appeals, leaving just 5 cents to undefined “program services.”

Of the astonishing $1.5 million raised last year alone by “Hospice Support Fund,” not one cent found its way to any hospice — not to FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care, or to any other hospice in the Sandhills, the state or the nation.

There’s a saying, “Shop Local.” The same goes for your charitable donations: “Give Local.”

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