August 27th, 2013
10:04 PM ET

Part 2: Millions for charity, peanuts for dying children

A former employee of the Kids Wish Network charity says that when it comes to pictures of seriously ill children charity executives wanted to promote on websites and in brochures,  the sicker the better.

Speaking to CNN in silhouette because he feared reprisals, a man who worked at the Tampa-area charity for nearly a year says he was told that a photograph he had chosen of an ill child, in effect, looked too healthy.  When CNN's Drew Griffin asked him to elaborate, he said, "they want what will make them the most money."

That's just one example from the second of a two part CNN investigation into Kids Wish Network, a charity that according to tax returns has taken in $127 million in donations over the past decade, but spent precious little—less than three per cent in cash—to help dying children.

This was part of a months long investigation with the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times. You can also watch part 1 of this report on-line.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Rod Groves

    like to see listing of worst offending "charities" in cents on the dollar that reach, purported to be, the intended end user.
    I know there are other offenders out there. Good work folks!

    August 30, 2013 at 7:34 am |
  2. Jose Julio

    The worse thing is not to see someone trying to get all where is something to be shared or splited, it happen all the time...but what is shocking to me is that the autorities, the big brothers and all the agencies that are suppose to represent us and watch for us, or it is not why taxpayer paying for it?. they see nothing ilegal or Unmoral in it... this why your and the team works is so important, if the autorities think in that way we have to apeal to the mind of the people who share with them... if it doesnt work ...so in that casa the team suppose to work harder because that company could be a money cleaner or a net of richies that are covering a tax fraud...i see no other explanation..

    August 28, 2013 at 12:06 pm |

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