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Consumer Team Talks with Buckner President Reyes

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TEXAS)   Consumer Team host Pete Thomson will interview Buckner International President Dr. Albert Reyes on Saturday, October 22, 2016 on 1080 KRLD.    The interview will highlight Buckner’s charity and ministry work in DFW and around the world.   Pete Thomson called Buckner one of the best run non-profits in America.  He said, “On The Consumer Team, we believe that giving back is important.   Since the end of The Civil War, Buckner International has been transforming lives.   I’m proud to be a supporter of Buckner and to have an opportunity to help promote their important work on The Consumer Team.”

Dr. Albert Reyes - Buckner International

Dr. Albert Reyes – Buckner International

According to Thomson, Buckner’s “Shoes for Orphan Souls” program will be discussed in the Saturday interview.   Thomson added, “Shoes for Orphan Souls is how I first became aware of Buckner International over 10 years ago.   It is amazing to see how the gift of a pair of shoes can change a person’s life.   This is an amazing ministry outreach.”

The Consumer Team has been an advocate of what Thomson calls “responsible giving”.   He continued, “We believe that giving back is important but that consumers need to vet their giving choices carefully.   Buckner has established a standard that is among the best in the non-profit world.   I support Buckner personally and recommend them to anyone who wants to see their charitable gift go towards a very meaningful purpose.”

The interview with Dr. Reyes will air Saturday, October 22, 2016 on 1080 KRLD at 7:10 PM.    To listen live click here.   The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson is produced my McQ Media Inc, Dallas, Texas.

 

Wounded Warrior Project & The Shriners Hospitals: A Tale of Two Charities

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX)    Two of the most visible charities in America couldn’t be more differently wired.   To watch their high profile advertising campaigns, both Wounded Warrior Project and The Shriners Hospitals for Children appear to be highly focused and effective at bringing help to their target recipients.    Yet, and according to The Consumer Team and Charity Navigators, just one of the non-profits is being truly effective with their efforts.    The winner:  The Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Rating Charities - Saturday on The Consumer Team

Rating Charities – Saturday on The Consumer Team

Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team on CBS Radio’s KRLD in Dallas, citing Charity Navigator’s research, stated, “From 30,000 feet, Wounded Warrior Project and The Shriners Hospitals for Children look very similar.   They’re on-air creative is award winning and they’re helping 2 groups of people, our war heroes and children with serious health issues, who most people really want to help.   Yet, when you peel back the onion a bit more, the non-profits looks very different.   Based on the research of Charity Navigators, The Shriners Hospitals for Children are doing a better job getting donated support to people in need.”

Charity Navigators is a New York City based non-profit that rates the financial responsibility of non-profit organizations.   Sandra Miniutti, VP/CFO of Charity Navigators, has been a regular guest on The Consumer Team.   According to Thomson, his recent interview with Ms. Miniutti details the differences between Wounded Warrior Project and The Shriners Hospitals for Children.   Thomson added, “We really like the Charity Navigator’s on-line app because it gives consumers the ability to quickly vet a charity before they give a gift.   In the case of Wounded Warrior Project, one quickly sees a charity that is top heavy in administrative and promotional costs, which come at the expense of the war heroes that they’re trying to help.   We don’t dispute the mission of Wounded Warrior Project,  just the way they’re carrying it out.   On the other hand, when you vet The Shriners Hospitals for Children on Charity Navigators, you see a charity that is much better balanced.   They’re spending a lot of money in media for promotion and fund raising, but it isn’t detracting from their core mission.”

Pete Thomson and The Consumer Team have been champions of Charity Navigators for several years.   According to Thomson, the realities of today’s marketplace make an organization like Charity Navigators essential to making responsible donations.   Thomson added, “Financial management problems inside of charities is certainly not a new issue.  However, the internet age, eCommerce tools and very effective television commercials have created a real opportunity for virtually anyone to call themselves a charity, look credible and raise serious money from consumers who want to help.”

Thomson says that consumers should vet any charity, large or small, before giving a gift.   He added, “Sadly, some of the biggest non-profits, the ones with the household names, are not good managers of the money they receive.   I believe that using Charity Navigators is essential to making sure that a financial gift will be put to good use.”

Thomson said that he believes that responsible charities should be willing to open their books to organizations like Charity Navigators.   He added, “We believe that all non-profits should be transparent and offer their financials for review by Charity Navigators.  For Christian non-profits, the ECFA is recommended.  If a charity chooses not to disclose their financials, I believe it should give consumers a reason to reconsider giving a gift.”

For more information on charitable giving, Thomson recommends that consumers read The Consumer Team Guide to Charitable Giving.   “Our Guide is a good place to start”, Thomson added, “And it doesn’t take very long to do some digging either.   Devote 15 minutes to the project, and you’ll be able to make a much more informed choice regarding your next donation to a charity.”

The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson is broadcast Saturdays from 5-7 PM (Central) on CBS Radio’s 1080 KRLD in Dallas.   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc.

 

 

Consumer Team Alert: Be Cautious When Giving to Charities

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX)    As Americans prepare to make end-of-year contributions to charities, The Consumer Team radio program is warning consumers to thoroughly check out non-profits before giving.   According to Consumer Team program host Pete Thomson, generous consumers are often unaware of issues that impact a non-profit’s ability to serve people in need.  Thomson stated, “On the surface charities tell a story of helping people in significant ways.  Sadly, many charities don’t live up to the promises they make.  From out of control overhead to high CEO salaries to fraud, many high profile charities have serious issues which prevent them from helping people in need.  Because of these issues, consumers have to be very discriminating before they give a financial gift.”

The Consumer Team Urges Caution When Giving to Charities

The Consumer Team Urges Caution When Giving to Charities

According to Thomson, The Consumer Team radio program will air a series of special segments focusing charitable giving.  Thomson added, “The Consumer Team will investigate charitable giving from several perspectives.  First, we’ll educate our listeners regarding the metrics that are used to measure charity effectiveness.  Concepts like percentage of overhead and CEO compensation need to be understood in order to measure a charity’s effectiveness.   Secondly, we’ll be educating listeners regarding tools that they can use to research non-profits.”

Sandra Miniutti, VP/CFO of Charity Navigator, will be joining Thomson for several of The Consumer Team special segments.   Charity Navigator is a New Jersey based non-profit that offers ratings and research regarding the fiscal performance of non-profit organizations.   Commenting on Charity Navigator, Thomson said, “Charity Navigator is to non-profits as Consumer Reports is to consumer products.   We’ll be including their input throughout our series on effective giving to charities.”    Thomson credited Charity Navigator with successfully establishing metrics of measurement for the non-profit world.   Thomson added, “Before Charity Navigator, there wasn’t a reliable and objective database of information on charity performance.   And, several high profile non-profits were unchallenged when it came to serious financial issues within their organizations.   Charity Navigators has brought this critical information to the forefront of consumer awareness.   Non-profits are now accountable because of Charity Navigator.”

The Consumer Team is broadcast Saturdays from 5-7 PM on 1080 KRLD Radio, Dallas, Texas.   The Consumer Team talk radio program is one of the most listened to local programs dealing with consumer news, research and trends.   Thomson says that his passion for consumer advocacy started during his childhood growing up in the Midwest.   Both of his parents were business owners in Charles City, Iowa.  According to Thomson, seeing successful business and customer relationships fueled his interest in helping connect consumers with reputable business owners.  He said, “Growing up in Charles City, I saw the special relationship that can exist between business and the customer.  Our goal on The Consumer Team is to first educate our listeners regarding the issues that can impact their success as a consumer.  Beyond that, we strive to connect our listeners with great businesses who truly understand what it means to serve the customer.”

For more information on The Consumer Team or to listen live, to to http://www.myconsumerteam.com.   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media, Dallas, Texas.

 

 

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