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Girard will ban donation boxes

It appears that the city will make the tough choice of banning the bins. Sometimes, that is the only way a municipality can resolve its drop-box dilemma.

Of course, Planet Aid is laying on the rhetoric to the bitter end, insisting that it was never part of the problem, and that it always takes good care of its bins. But many reports indicate otherwise. In images culled from news stories, Planet Aid’s bins are shown with donations and trash piled up next to them. In some shots, bins appear to be packed full while items strewn nearby seem to have been accumulating for a while: https://db.tt/VA83yfjV

Planet Aid does sell donated clothes. However, the “community programs” supported by the company are not local, as the weasel-wording implies. Rather, the projects are located in Africa, Asia and Latin America, where, it should be noted, the money can be hard to follow. Despite the feel-good hype posted by ‘sibylmere’, the legitimacy of the projects Planet Aid claims to support has been called into question by numerous journalistic inquiries (see report, below).

Back in the States, the Chicago-based CharityWatch gave Planet Aid an “F” grade after analyzing its 2012 tax form and audited financial statements, determining that Planet Aid spent only 27% of its expenses on programs.

“Planet Aid's ‘Recycling’ Program, Debunked!” ― CharityWatch, 2013: http://tinyurl.com/po4x85m

A charitable spending ratio of 27% is certainly too low, but the actual figure may be far lower than even that. In 2009, WTTG News in Washington DC examined Planet Aid’s then most recent tax records and noticed many of the overseas charities Planet Aid claims to support have the *same address*. A list of South African charities was shown in example. But the South African Embassy told WTTG those groups are *not* registered charities.

WTTG’s investigation found that all of the charities listed in Planet Aid’s most recent tax return are controlled by the same parent organization — a group called International Humana People to People Movement, which, according to its own website, also controls Planet Aid. (Humana People to People is not affiliated with the health insurer 'Humana'.)

Worse, Danish prosecutors link Humana People to People and Planet Aid to an alleged cult called the Tvind Teachers Group. Five leaders of this group are Interpol fugitives wanted in their native Denmark in connection with a multimillion-dollar tax-fraud and embezzlement scheme.

“Kindness into Cash” ― WTTG News, Washington DC; 2009: http://tinyurl.com/nbgax5n

[More info in the above report's description box; click ‘Show more’ while on that page.]

Thanks for the chance to express my opinions. Please research before you donate.

September 9, 2014 at 7:42 a.m. suggest removal

It’s time to responsibly control the spread of donation boxes

A good reminder that these days, it’s wise to research before donating.

CharityWatch indeed gave Planet Aid an “F” grade after analyzing its 2012 tax form and audited financial statements, determining that Planet Aid spent only 27% of its expenses on programs.

Google search:

CharityWatch Debunks Planet Aid's Recycling Program

But that’s not the whole story. It actually gets worse.

A charitable spending ratio of 27% is certainly too low, but the actual figure may be far lower than even that. In 2009, WTTG News in Washington DC examined Planet Aid’s then most recent tax records and noticed many of the overseas charities Planet Aid claims to support have the *same address*. A list of South African charities was shown in example. But the South African Embassy told WTTG those groups are *not* registered charities.

WTTG’s investigation found that all of the charities listed in Planet Aid’s most recent tax return are controlled by the same parent organization — a group called International Humana People to People Movement, which, according to its own website, also controls Planet Aid. (Humana People to People is not affiliated with the health insurer 'Humana'.)

Even worse, Danish prosecutors link Humana People to People and Planet Aid to an alleged cult called the Tvind Teachers Group. Five leaders of this group are Interpol fugitives wanted in their native Denmark in connection with a multimillion-dollar tax-fraud and embezzlement scheme.

Google search:

“Kindness into Cash” - exposé of used clothes company Planet Aid - pt. 1

[More info is in the above report's description box; click ‘Show more’ while on that page.]

Thanks for the chance to express my opinions. Again, research before you donate.

August 29, 2014 at 9:13 a.m. suggest removal

Clothes donation boxes

(My 2nd and last comment)

1) Planet Aid has faced a storm of media criticism for more disturbing reasons. For starters, the Chicago-based CharityWatch gave Planet Aid an “F” grade after analyzing its 2012 tax form and audited financial statements, determining that Planet Aid spent only 27% of its expenses on programs.

“Planet Aid's ‘Recycling’ Program, Debunked!” ― CharityWatch, 2013: http://tinyurl.com/po4x85m

2) A charitable spending ratio of 27% is certainly too low, but the actual figure may be far lower than even that. In 2009, WTTG News in Washington DC examined Planet Aid’s then most recent tax records and noticed many of the overseas charities Planet Aid claims to support have the *same address*. A list of South African charities was shown in example. But the South African Embassy told WTTG those groups are *not* registered charities.

WTTG’s investigation found that all of the charities listed in Planet Aid’s most recent tax return are controlled by the same parent organization — a group called International Humana People to People Movement, which, according to its own website, also controls Planet Aid. (Humana People to People is not affiliated with the health insurer 'Humana'.)

3) Worse, Danish prosecutors link Humana People to People and Planet Aid to an alleged cult called the Tvind Teachers Group. Five leaders of this group are Interpol fugitives wanted in their native Denmark in connection with a multimillion-dollar tax-fraud and embezzlement scheme.

“Kindness into Cash” ― WTTG News, Washington DC; 2009: http://tinyurl.com/nbgax5n

[More info in the above report's description box; click ‘Show more’ while on that page.]

Thanks for the chance to express my opinions. Please research before you donate.

August 26, 2014 at 6:44 a.m. suggest removal

Clothes donation boxes

To ‘cardinal’: Did you read the entire article? Think: the business was gone; no one there to keep an eye on things, yet people kept bringing clothes and junk, which started getting into neighboring yards. The bin was creating a nuisance, but Planet Aid obviously did nothing about it for a long time. It had to be dealt with. And I wouldn’t believe Planet Aid’s Patrick Kearney’s lame excuse as to why his company just couldn’t keep the bin tidy and “hassle free,” as explicitly promised on Planet Aid’s website.

I wonder, cardinal, how persnickety would you be about the city “stealing” a bin that was creating such a trash problem in *your* yard?

Planet Aid often claims that it takes better care of its bins than do its competitors, but what Mr. Kearney and crew don’t want you to know is that many media reports around the country indicate otherwise. In images culled from news stories, Planet Aid’s bins are shown with donations and trash piled up next to them. In some shots, bins appear to be packed full while items strewn nearby seem to have been accumulating for a while: https://db.tt/VA83yfjV

I’m not sure if Mayor Melfi’s solution to fence in the bins behind businesses is the best idea. The city may want to take a look at how other towns have dealt with the donation bin dilemma. But beware of any weak, gutless “sample legislation” that Planet Aid may try to foist on the council. In my opinion, this questionable nonprofit will try to play Girard like a Stradivarius violin if you let it.

It may be helpful to look at how other cities have dealt with this dilemma. The findings included in the bin ordinance passed in 2012 by the city of San Pablo, California, are most instructive: http://db.tt/YGNcKg1y

I have even more serious concerns about Planet Aid, which are detailed in my 2nd comment.

August 26, 2014 at 6:30 a.m. suggest removal

Girard mayor wants boxes for donated clothes out of sight

Certainly, Girard is by no means alone in its donation bin dilemma. Reports across the country say out-of-town nonprofit and for-profit clothes collectors are causing donations to dwindle at local charities. And, like Girard, numerous cities are grappling with some of these boxes causing blight and public right-of-way problems. In addition, some complain that non-local companies are getting a free ride ― paying no local taxes or fees ― even while little or none of the proceeds from their collections benefit the local populace.

There’s no avoiding it: if one wants to be sure about whom one is donating to, one must do some research.

After researching Planet Aid for 5 years, I am of the opinion that their arrogant attitude is typical. Furthermore, I have serious concerns over this so-called nonprofit:

1) Planet Aid claims to take better care of its bins than do its competitors, but many reports indicate otherwise. In images culled from news stories, Planet Aid’s bins are shown with donations and trash piled up next to them. In some shots, bins appear to be packed full while items strewn nearby seem to have been accumulating for a while: https://db.tt/VA83yfjV

2) Planet Aid has faced a storm of media criticism for even more disturbing reasons. For starters, the Chicago-based CharityWatch gave Planet Aid an “F” grade after analyzing its 2012 tax form and audited financial statements, determining that Planet Aid spent only 27% of its expenses on programs.

Google search:

CharityWatch Debunks Planet Aid's Recycling Program

3) A charitable spending ratio of 27% is certainly too low, but the actual figure may be far lower than even that. In 2009, WTTG News in Washington DC examined Planet Aid’s then most recent tax records and noticed many of the overseas charities Planet Aid claims to support have the *same address*. A list of South African charities was shown in example. But the South African Embassy told WTTG those groups are *not* registered charities.

WTTG’s investigation found that all of the charities listed in Planet Aid’s most recent tax return are controlled by the same parent organization — a group called International Humana People to People Movement, which, according to its own website, also controls Planet Aid. (Humana People to People is not affiliated with the health insurer 'Humana'.)

4) Worse, Danish prosecutors link Humana People to People and Planet Aid to an alleged cult called the Tvind Teachers Group. Five leaders of this group are Interpol fugitives wanted in their native Denmark in connection with a multimillion-dollar tax-fraud and embezzlement scheme.

Google search:

“Kindness into Cash” - exposé of used clothes company Planet Aid - pt. 1

[More info in the above report's description box; click ‘Show more’ while on that page.]

Thanks for the chance to express my opinions. Again, please research before you donate.

August 19, 2014 at 8:36 a.m. suggest removal

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