How Charities Get a Bad Name

Our blogosphere brethren at the Huffington Post took it to Donald "You're fired!" Trump for his tweets. Mr Trump has been using Twitter to attack everything from President Obama to the election to whatever else happens to be getting under his skin. His attacks on charities - specifically UNICEF and the American Red Cross -- drew the ire of Timothy Stenovec who called out Mr. Trump for inaccurate tweets.

"For whatever reason," Stenovec wrote, "Trump took some time out of his bone idleness yesterday to jump on Twitter and start complaining about the compensation being doled out to the people who run the Red Cross and UNICEF. As per usual, Trump's bleatings were utterly unconstrained from even a nominal obligation to be factually accurate."

Trump's tweets expressed his outrage over the CEO of the American Red Cross earning a salary of nearly $1 million in 2011...even though, per Stenovec, Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern actually only took home $501,122.

More: he accused UNCIEF CEO Caryl M. Stern of riding around in a Rolls Royce, only to have Stern tweet back at Trump : uh-uh. No Rolls. Just a Prius. "fire your fact checker and help us save kids lives."

One of the barometers that Stenovec cites in disproving Trump's harsh assessment of the American Red Cross - which is, full disclosure, one of JVS partners for our HealthWorks program - is Charity Navigator which gives the Red Cross a perfect 70 out of 70 in accountability and transparency.

United States Fund for UNICEF earned 63 out of 70 from Charity Navigator in accountability and transparency. Both organizations earned three star ratings from the entity.

JVS also received 63 out of 70 from Charity Navigator, which exists to to help people give to charity with confidence and shine lights on "truly effective organizations."  Our agency, received a four star rating, the highest ranking possible.