D.A.R.E. Informative - D.A.R.E. Charity - What they get!
USA -- Here's a bit of information for you. How many times have you seen 2 people from D.A.R.E. in front of Kroger, Safeway, Kmart, Target, etc.? The are usually impeccably dressed and always want to sell you some toy, coupon book, T-Shirt or some other ware? Well, last week I had the chance to talk with a representative. Here's what I found out. The price of the coupon book that was being sold was $20.00. Truly a fair price for what you receive. I did ask the lady how much of it went to D.A.R.E. She replied that approximately 95% of the proceeds went to the organization. I was just about to hand her my $20.00 when I looked at the front of the book and noticed that in 8 point font, it clearly stated, "$0.50 of the cost of this book goes to D.A.R.E." (Actually it was worded a bit different but it was very similar) After I asked her what that meant, she said that IN ADDITION to the 95%, they also get 50 cents. I asked if she was a volunteer and she said no. Hmmmm, if you do the math, each book nets the seller 50 cents. That's A LOT of coupon books that you would have to sell to make minimum wage. Sorry guys, but this is the last time I support D.A.R.E. and several other charities.
It seems like 99.5% of the cash we give Fraternal Order of Police, Firefighters Union, D.A.R.E., D.A.V., etc., goes to overhead and personally, that's enough for me to never patronize them.