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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.

 

Donations to Charity…..The Consumer Team Guide To Giving Wisely

The bigger and more tragic the disaster the more likely it is that bad non-profits will be emerging ready to take money from people who want to help.  For every reputable non-profit there’s 10 shady ones that are using people’s misfortune to line their own pockets.  In this article my goal is to arm you with information that will help you identify the bad guys and their scams and, as a result, put your generous gifts to work with non-profits that really care about helping people.

All Charities Are the Same Aren’t They?

Largely because of the work of reputable charities like The Salvation Army and The Red Cross, many consumers believe that all non-profits are created equal and that anytime they make a donation to any organization that has appropriate classification as a 501-C-3, that their donation is going to good use to actually help the people in need.   The reality in today’s marketplace is that a high percentage of non-profits are not good stewards with the donations they receive.  Some of the biggest most reputable appearing non-profits and ministries that dominate television and on radio make big promises on their infomercials.  In reality, a relatively small percentage of gifts are reaching the needy.  In the case of many of the web based charity campaigns, none of the money is going to the cause that is advertised.  Buyer beware.  Or, I guess we should say, ‘giver beware.’

Pete Thomson – CEO of McQ Media

Sadly, charities and ministries who once had a real heart for helping people, can lose focus of their foundational purpose because of the jaws of overhead.   CEO and leadership salaries, marketing and other infrastructure expenses can easily turn even the best intentioned groups into an organization that is overwhelmed with the costs of doing business.   Well respected and generally trusted ministries based out of large churches at times even struggle with the process of making sure that gifts intended for relief actually end up in the hands of the needs.

Avoid The Charity Scam by Finding Reputable Charities and Ministries

Here are some suggestions for making sure you don’t become a victim of a charity scam.

Delete All Charity Emails:  First, never, ever, ever give to any cause that approaches you via email.   Unless you have an established relationship with the ministry that you’ve first initiated, consider all the email solicitations to be bogus.  Even emails that appear to be from a major charity are often a front for a scam, often located off-shore and out of reach of US laws.

Look At Financials:  Credible non-profits aren’t afraid to share their financials with donors.  They’re often made available on the non-profit’s website.  When looking at financials look for one number.  That’s the percentage of money that ends up going to the people in need.  So, in other words, after marketing, administrative and CEO costs, what is the percentage of a dollar that gets to people who need help?    There’s some debate on what constitutes an acceptable percentage.   Personally, I like to see the number be 95% or greater.

Charity Watch Dogs:  Several charity and non-profit watch dog groups can offer good intelligence as well.  Charity Navigator is well respected as an objective s0urce of information.  For Christian non-profits, The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability offers a similar service.

Charity Scams Target Older Givers:  Older people sadly often fall victim to charity scams.   Their general lack of sophistication with email (see email scams above) along with isolation and their overall attitude of generosity makes for a perfect profile for the bad guys to go after.   Take time to make sure that the seniors in your life become well informed about charity and non-profit scams.

Charity scams will only get more sophisticated and effective in the future.  Indeed, high technology has given the bad guys a new ‘Wild West’ to operate in with great anonymity.  Because of this, we all need to be even more vigilant in our efforts to separate the good from the bad.    Giving to reputable and responsible charities can truly impact the lives of hurting people.   As a consumer, you must shop…and give….wisely.

Pete Thomson – CEO

McQ Media

Dallas, Texas

http://www.mcqmedia.us

 

Editor’s Note:  Pete Thomson is a veteran of the radio and television industry.   He’s currently President/CEO of McQ Media Inc, a full service media and advertising firm based in Dallas, Texas.   He has consulted the nonprofit sector for over 20 years and has helped design donor development campaigns for numerous nonprofit organizations.   Thomson’s weekly consumer program on KRLD Radio in Dallas, The Consumer Team, addresses consumer issues including charity scams and fraud.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Texas Retirement Specialists Charity Outreach

DALLAS, TX       The Consumer Team has recognized Jim Poe and Texas Retirement Specialists for their continued support of North Texas non-profit organizations.   Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team radio program, said, “Jim Poe and his family are some of the most generous people I’ve ever known.  And to see them support charities year after year is extraordinary.”   In 2013, Texas Retirement Specialists are committing time, money and resources to a number of non-profits including The Shriners Hospitals and The Ronald McDonald House of Ft. Worth.

Jim Poe & Family Preparing Dinner At The Ronald McDonald House of Ft. Worth

Jim Poe of Texas Retirement Specialists commented, “We’ve been blessed with healthy kids and grand kids.  And we have a heart for the children and families going through health challenges.  This year, as we support The Shriners Hospitals and The Ronald McDonald House of Ft. Worth, we are helping kids and families who really need our support.”

One aspect of the charity support comes in the form of interviews and exposure on The Found Money Report radio program which is sponsored by Texas Retirement Specialists.   The program, hosted by Jim Poe and Consumer Team host Pete Thomson, focuses on helping listeners prepare for success in retirement.    During The Found Money Report special segments regularly air featuring guests from The Shriners Hospitals and Ronald McDonald House organizations.   Jim Poe added, “Many of our listeners to The Found Money Report are retired folks, who like us, want to help people in need.  It’s very rewarding to see our listeners and clients get involved in helping people.”

According to Pete Thomson, working with Jim Poe and his family team at Texas Retirement Specialists, has changed his life.  Thomson said, “Last year my son and I had a chance to join Jim Poe and his family to prepare dinner for 60 people at The Ronald McDonald House of Ft. Worth.  The folks we were preparing dinner for were families with children going to Cooks Children’s Hospital.   Some of these kids were going through some serious health challenges.   After a long day at the hospital, these families were ready to relax and have a nice dinner.   Being able to help these folks changes your life.  It was definitely a powerful experience for my young son.”

Beyond supporting The Shriners Hospitals and The Ronald McDonald House, Jim Poe says that the Texas Retirement Specialists team will be helping some additional charities as the year goes on.  He said, “We always do a number of important charity projects at Christmas.  And this year will be no different.  It blesses us to bless others.”

The Found Money Report, sponsored by Texas Retirement Specialists, can be heard Saturdays at 4PM (Central) on WBAP Radio and Sundays at 1PM (Central) on KRLD Radio.   The Found Money Report is produced by McQ Media, a full service advertising and marketing firm, based in Dallas, Texas.

 

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