If you are reading this right now and you haven’t been living under a rock for the past several years you have probably heard of the organization Autism Speaks. A long time ago before my years of sleepless nights and autism research, I used to donate to Autism Speaks thinking to myself, “Wow I am really glad someone out there is looking out for these kids”. A few years later I was researching and I stumbled across an article that included the organizations tax information. Then I found website after website of adults with Autism who DO NOT support AS. What I read made me horrified, angry, saddened, and confused simultaneously and unfortunately I later found many charities run the same way.
These people receive MILLIONS of dollars and in my opinion, they squander a sickening majority of it. They receive ridiculous salaries and have disgustingly high expense lists. They blow millions on lavish banquets, first class travel, and golf outings all in the name of “awareness”. They hold huge walk-a-thons and take local money away from the small towns who need it. It seems that it’s all about making money and rubbing elbows with celebrities for Autism Speaks.
They had a fundraiser that actually LOST over $84,000!!
$84,000!!!! Do you realize what that kind of money could do??
In 2008 Autism Speaks total income was over 65 MILLION dollars and less than TWO million went to their cause according to AS themselves! LESS THAN TWO MILLION. That’s less than they spent on their travels in 2008 alone.
All of this information is available to the public but unfortunately most people never find out about this because, understandably, don’t feel they have to research a charity. And speaking of research, the “research” they are supporting is even more infuriating. I really truly hope this opens some eyes. If you have donated to Autism Speaks already don’t feel bad, YOUR heart was in the right place, it appears THEIRS isn’t unfortunately. Be smart and do the research when you are donating money to ANY cause. Find out where the funds go and exactly how much benefits the cause.
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