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CancerCharities.com lists 19 member charities. The site says all funds raised are split equally amongst members, and that members are "contacted directly" as part of the procedure to become a member.
Nine of the 19 listed charities deny receiving funding from CancerCharities.com, and several of those seven deny ever having been contacted or informed about being listed as members. An additional charity is investigating the matter, but has not confirmed whether or not they were aware of being listed, or if they have received funds. The nine confirmed charities who have not received funds are:
A sponsor has said that his company has not been billed for months.
Email to CancerCharities.com has not been answered thusfar.
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In less than 12 hours since I contacted most of the "member charities" at this site (which, according to the site, all receive an equal portion of proceeds), two supposed beneficiaries have contacted me to say that they have not received funds:
Karen L. Graham, Chairperson and President of Billy's Foundation said in an email that her organization is not and has never been a member of CancerCharities.com, nor has the organization received funding, quarterly reports, or other information from CancerCharities.com. She said she will be turning the matter over to the foundation's attorneys.
Christine Clifford, President and CEO of The Cancer Club said in an email that her organization also never received funds from CancerCharities.com, despite numerous phone calls and emails. She said she has asked CancerCharities.com to remove her site from their list, but this request has also gone unanswered.
I did find that two of the listed "members" had indications on their site that they were receiving money from CancerCharities.com:
It remains to be seen if any of the other members I emailed in the past several hours also respond negatively. I will alert CancerCharities.com to these accusations on the chance that there has been a misunderstanding, but at the moment I consider the replies I have received to be indicative of a potential serious problem with CancerCharities.com.
I have not printed the full text of the emails because I believe that is a breach of ethics, as I have not yet requested permission (I was hurrying to post this information). If Ms. Graham or Ms. Clifford grant me permission to print their email here, I shall.
More updates will be posted as necessary.
Update: 8:00 pm PDT, May 29, 2001
As I slept (I keep irregular hours), more denials of payment came in. Here are the latest comments:
Klair M. Snellbaker, Executive Director of Candlelighters of Southwest Florida said Candlelighters has never received donations from CancerCharities.com.
The Public Relations Team of Cancer Education Awareness and Research said they are investigating the matter, and removing the Cancercharities.com banner from their site during the investigation. They did not specify why or what they are investigating.
I sent an email to CancerCharities.com at 9:39 am, inviting them to respond to the allegations. No response has yet been received. I also posted notice of the Alert at The Hunger Site Club, a discussion board regarding one-click donation sites.
At this time, I am saving the source code and pages from parts of CancerCharities.com, including the member list. I will store these files as evidence of who was on the member list at the time the files were saved, should the list be changed later. I encourage any "member" who feels that CancerCharities.com should not be listing their organization to do likewise, and keep copies of all pertinent documents and communications.
In light of these additions, I am going to send a new email out to all "members" and sponsors of CancerCharities.com to inform them of this Alert, as well as to any of the directories of One-Click sites I know of that list CancerCharities.com. When the email has been sent, I will post a copy of it here in the next update.
Update: 2:45 am PDT, May 30, 2001
I did some research and compiled a list of all of CancerCharities.com's "members," including Hereditary Colon Cancer Association (HCCA), which had no website listed on CancerCharities.com and an invalid email address. Similarly, I listed all of the current and past sponsors, leaving out only the individual sponsors who had no contact information. I also went through my links page and checked all of the directories listed there to see which ones had CancerCharities.com listed.
After compiling this large mailing list, I sent the following email:
There has still been no response from CancerCharities.com. I have now saved what I believe are the pertinent pages of CancerCharities.com, so if they are changed later, I can produce copies of how they appeared today.
Within minutes of sending the above email, a few bounces came back, mostly from past sponsors. I will not pursue those addresses further.
If readers know of anyone else who should be informed about this Alert, please feel free to forward the URL, but PLEASE DO NOT SPAM PEOPLE!
As stated in the email, if anyone has any information that can speak in CancerCharities.com's favour, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be specific, and if you wish your email to be quoted directly, be sure to include permission for me to do so.
It is still my hope that this will prove to be a colossal misunderstanding. If it escalates much further, however, I will have to consider whether or not to report this to The Internet Fraud Complaint Center and/or to The Charitable Institutions division of the New York State Attoney General's Office, since CancerCharities.com lists its address as being in New York state. If someone else chooses to report it, feel free to include this Alert in your report. If requested by authorities, I will turn over copies of all communications and documents related to this matter. Should I decide to make a report myself, that will be mentioned in a future update.
Update: 1:15 am PDT, May 31, 2001
Other than people responding to confirm they wish to be on the mailing list, the email has slowed down on this issue. However, there is now another dissenting "member":
Kathy Kersey, Director of Operations for Hereditary Colon Cancer Association (HCCA) said in an email, "Hereditary Colon Cancer Association has received no funds from CancerCharities.com. You have permission to quote or use this e-mail message."
So of 19 listed "members," four (21%) have stated at least one of the following:
There is also one group that is investigating the matter, but since it wasn't specified what they were investigating, I won't include them with the dissenters.
While this still could be a misunderstanding, it is growing more difficult to give CancerCharities.com the benefit of the doubt. There has still been no response from CancerCharities.com. Christine Clifford offered to share a contact phone number with me, but I declined at this time. As I said in my reply to her, should this matter reach a point where personal calls become a consideration, I'd rather hand the matter over to The Internet Fraud Complaint Center. I am not planning to file a report yet because I'm still hoping someone will respond to acknowledge that they did receive funding or that the matter will otherwise be cleared up.
Update: 9:25 am PDT, May 31, 2001
Another organization says they have not received funds, bringing the total to five of 19:
Debbie from The Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition emailed to say that her organization was approached by CancerCharities.com and agreed to be listed, but has never received a donation from the site.
Karen Graham suggested that I send another email to CancerCharities.com and give them a deadline to respond, and then report the situation to authorities if there is no response in the set time. I think that's a good idea, and I plan to do that. I will send an email later today and give CancerCharities.com until next Friday to respond.
Meanwhile, all reports from concerned parties are still welcome! Please remember to specify if you want your email quoted directly.
Update: 9:45 am PDT, June 1, 2001
John Livingston from Young Again Nutrients, a company still listed as a sponsor on the Thank You page, said his company is indeed a sponsor but has not received any billing or communication from CancerCharities.com in months. He said he suspects the site is no longer being maintained.
And another organization said they didn't know they were a member, nor have they received funds, bringing the total to six of 19 (32%). I still have not had even one organization say that they have ever received funding from CancerCharities.com.
Helen Cochrane, Fundraising Events & Projects Officer for The Prostate Cancer Charity said her organization was not aware that they were members of CancerCharities.com, nor have they received any monies.
It was expressed in an email to me (I will not say from whom) that I should not be so "paranoid," and I should instead endeavour to "support" CancerCharities.com. I wish to make it perfectly clear that at no time have I declared any guilty verdicts against CancerCharities.com. While there is suspicious evidence that I feel is worth noting to concerned parties, I have hoped throughout this situation that it would be resolved as a misunderstanding. I have suggested that some elements of the situation indicate that perhaps the site is no longer being maintained, and that the fact that organizations were signed up without their knowledge, in conflict with the sign-up process posted by CancerCharities.com, is suspicious. These suggestions, however, are not allegations of guilt, and should not be construed as such.
The suggestion of reporting this case to an authority was not intended to imply that CancerCharities.com is guilty of the crimes dealt with by said authorities. I believe firmly in the concept of "innocent until proven guilty," and sincerely hope that authorities still manage to apply that principle to their investigations. Just because a person or organization is worthy of examination by an authority, that does not indicate guilt; at least, it shouldn't.
As to supporting CancerCharities.com, I have tried to do that. Before discovering the problems detailed here, I sent a friendly email to CancerCharities.com indicating some broken/changed links. After the problems started to become apparent, I emailed them again to invite a fair response. I don't know what else I'm expected to do to "support" this organization.
I have sent a formal request for CancerCharities.com's reply, as mentioned in the last update. Here is what it said:
Update: 8:00 am PDT, June 3, 2001
Another organization says they have not received funds, bringing the total to seven of 19 (37%):
Sharyn Woods from Link to Life, said her organization has not received funding from Cancercharities.com. She said she hopes the site will work someday, but is skeptical.
No reply yet from CancerCharities.com.
At this time, I am willing to state the person/organization behind the email calling me "paranoid," as mentioned above. I do so in response to the fact that this person is now sending me abusive email after a request to stop, with a warning accompanying the request that further abusive email would be made public. Here is the email I received this morning, in it's entirety:
I do not know what "the list" is, nor do I care to investigate. However, it appears to be a threat of some sort, and should the abusive communications continue, I fully intend to report them to the police. I will not be further responding to Mr. Livingston myself.
Update: June 8, 2001
Another organization says they have not received funds, bringing the total to eight of 19 (42%):
Cathy Malin from Connecticut Sports Foundation, said her organization has not received any promised funds.
Mr. Livingtson is continuing his threats (new part quoted only, rest of the message repeats previous message):
As stated before, I will not be responding personally to any further communications by Mr. Livingston.
As of today, this entire matter, including Mr. Livingston's threats, have been reported to The Internet Fraud Complaint Center. I have submitted a full report, including a list of all of the charities listed as members, all listed sponsors, etc. I have spelled out exactly what a one-click, free donation site does. I have offered copies of all relevant documents that I have been saving. I also quoted the threatening portions of Mr. Livingston's emails, and provided the IFCC with his contact information.
I'm sure anything nasty that happens to me now will lead the authorities to a clear suspect.
I encourage all of the affected charities to submit their own complaint through The Internet Fraud Complaint Center. Originally, I had planned to share the case number here, but it comes with a password and I am not sure whether or not this could allow people to view my contact information. It is probably best for charities to make their own reports, and reference the fact that I have made a report as well. If anyone does make a report and wishes me to post here that they have done so, email me and let me know.
Sponsors may also wish to submit complaints, since the money they have paid does not seem to have gone where they expected it to.
I will only continue updates after this for significant information. Further vague harassments will not be posted unless they're part of a larger update with more relevant information. Although I have filed a complaint, I am still eager to hear from anyone exonerating CancerCharities.com. All updates will also be copied to the IFCC report.
Thanks to everyone who has emailed me in support.
Update: 12:30 am, June 27
Sorry for the long pause since the last update. My motherboard died unexpectedly, causing significant delays in all portions of this site. All of my email was trapped until I got another copy of the email program to extract it.
Nothing yet as to my report to The Internet Fraud Complaint Center, but another charity has confirmed that it has not received funds from CancerCharities.com:
Both Donald and Cindy Melancon from CONVERSATIONS! The International Ovarian Cancer Connection confirmed that their organization has not received money from CancerCharities.com. Cindy added that she has not even heard of the site, indicating that they did not know they were members.
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