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Give wisely, Reed and McKenna say

OLYMPIA — The state’s naughty and nice list for charities and fund-raisers is out today, and state officials are suggesting that people be careful as well as generous this holiday season.

About $1.4 billion was donated to charities in the last year, but about $400 million of that didn’t go to the charity and instead went into overhead, administration or fund-raising costs.

The amount that actually goes to charitable work varies widely, and the state puts together a report each year on how much is spend on non charitable works by commercial fundraisers.

How widely? At the top of the list is Geen Point Call Center Services, Inc., which turns over 98 percent of what it raises to its charity clients.

At the bottom is DialogueDirect, Inc., has a negative percentage of -122 percent, meaning it actually costs charities more than they receive.

An executive summary of the report can be found here. The full list can be found here.

Be charitable but careful

The Washington Secretary of State’s office is urging caution in making donations to relief operations for victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

“Often, scammers use tragedies like these to say they are helping a cause and to pocket the donations of generous people. Don’t be fooled!” the office warns on its Web site. It suggests checking to make sure the charity is registered in the state.

You can do that by clicking here for the list.

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