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Warning: Be cautious with third-party fundraisers

An annual report that outlines just how much money is being pocketed by third-party fundraisers registered in Washington and how much actually goes back to their charity clients was the focus of today's meeting between Secretary of State Sam Reed and Attorney General Rob McKenna. The two joined AARP's volunteer Fraud Fighters to kick off a statewide calling blitz to educate Washington residents about wise charitable giving.

The 2008 Commercial Fundraiser Activity Report showed a total of $1,828,442,302 in contributions was raised by the 110 paid fundraisers registered in Washington, though more than $1.1 billion was raised by a single fundraiser new to the state. It said the average percentage of contributions returned to charity clients was 80 percent overall.

Commercial fundraisers, which can range from telemarketers to mail distributors, collect money on behalf of a variety of groups, like shelters and aid programs. The cut these fundraisers keep and the amount they return to charity varied wildly this year, from 100 percent to nothing at all.

December 2008

SiteCrafting awards grant to Broadway Center

SiteCrafting announced that its 4th quarter Gear Grant recipient is the Broadway Center for Performing Arts. The Tacoma-based Web design firm offers complimentary Web site development each quarter in the form of a Gear Grant to non-profit organizations with 501(c) status.

December 2008

'Giving Back' report coming next week

Results from a study of how local businesses and their leaders give back to their communities will be released Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. The research by professors Jill Purdy and Stern Neill of UWT's Center for Leadership & Social Responsibility was conducted over the past year in cooperation with Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce.

December 2008

People on the move

Pierce Commercial Bank recently announced the promotion of Sam McDonald to business systems analyst. McDonald has been a part of the Pierce Commercial team for more than four years and will continue to work out of the bank's Tacoma Branch.

December 2008

Intel's employees donate more in 2008

Intel Corp. recently completed its 2008 Community Giving Campaign with a 15-percent increase in donations.

December 2008

State settles agency-fee dispute

The State of Washington and Washington Education Association announced today that they have settled a dispute stemming from campaign finance charges brought eight years ago against the WEA.

December 2008

People on the move

Tim Lynch, manager of pharmaceutical services at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, has been named the 2008 Health System Pharmacist of the Year by the Washington State Pharmacy Association. The Pfizer Health System Pharmacist of the Year Award recognizes outstanding pharmacists and their service to the profession and specifically, hospital pharmacy. Lynch, who is immediate past president of the pharmacy association's board of directors, has been a member of WSPA for 15 years. He has been employed by Franciscan Health System since June 1997. Additionally, he is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Washington.

December 2008

Discounts on electronics, toys bring early shoppers

Consumers looking for the best deals of the year braved the elements this morning, forming lines outside their favorite stores hours before doors even opened. Anxious to entice shoppers with bargains and deep discounts, some retailers opened their doors as early as midnight, though most stuck to 4 or 5 a.m. openings.

"When it comes to offering deals to bring customers into stores this weekend, retailers are holding up their end of the bargain," said National Retail Federation President and CEO Tracy Mullin. "The deep discounts on the hottest holiday items may have been just enough to get the attention of those consumers who were on the fence about braving the crowds and the cold."  

November 2008

Pierce budget punches new holes for belt tightening

The core functions of Pierce County government will stay largely intact in a 2009 budget that reflects the current economic downturn and drop in tax revenue to fund those services.

The County Council unanimously approved its version of the $854.5 million plan last night.

"Our core services - public safety, criminal justice and transportation - were left whole in this budget," said Council Chair Terry Lee, who noted that road improvements scheduled for next year will continue as planned. "Unfortunately, that meant that our other departments and programs had to take a more serious cut."

November 2008

People on the move

Washington State Tourism Commission has elected Kimberly Bennett, CEO of the Southwest Washington Convention and Visitors Bureau, to serve as co-chair of the commission. She takes over the role from Kris Watkins of the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau. Washington State Tourism Commission co-chairs are elected to serve for one-year.
 
The Museum of Glass is the recipient of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass Annual Award for 2008. The award was presented to Museum of Glass Director Timothy Close at the Sculpture Objects and Functional Art exposition in Chicago. AACG is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to further the development and appreciation of art made from glass. 

November 2008
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