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[VIDEO] Whistleblower Raises Questions on Corvette Dream Giveaway Charity

by Mitch Talley on February 14, 2012

[VIDEO] Whistleblower Raises Questions on Corvette Dream Giveaway Charity

You’ve probably seen the ubiquitous flyers about the Kids Wish Network, which for years has raffled off a pair of Corvettes (usually a “Hero” edition ZR1 and a classic Midyear) to raise money to grant the wishes of dying and sick children.

Now a Tampa TV station alleges that the Florida-based kids’ charity organization is spending only 12 cents of every dollar it raises to actually grant those wishes.

Of the $20 million Kids Wish Network reported in revenue last year, $15.7 million came through campaigns by outside fundraising companies, including one headed by Kids Wish founder and former president Mark Breiner, who quit in 2009 to become a professional fundraising consultant, specializing in sweepstakes giveaways of expensive race cars. However, less than $2 million actually went for granting wishes, buying gift cards, and distributing toys, the TV station reported. There are few if any limits under federal law on how much a tax-exempt charity such as Kids Wish can spend to raise money.

WFLA Channel 8 reporter Mark Douglas talked to former Kids Wish employee Meanda Dubay, who first brought her concerns to light in a four-page letter to the organization’s board of directors, then ended up being fired by Kids Wish Executive Director Anna Lanzatella.

Kids Wish claims that Dubay had been downloading sensitive information about the charity, including donor lists, so she could start a competing organization and that it actually planned to fire her weeks before she took her allegations to the Kids Wish board. Kids Wish says it has contacted the FBI about Dubay, and the FBI confirmed they are investigating a hacking complaint against a former employee.

Dubay says her goal in bringing up the concerns was to help the charity, not hurt it.

“The last thing that I want is for this organization to close or anything like that,” she said. “That doesn’t benefit anybody, but changes will.”

Video of the news segment can be found at TBO.com


Update
CorvetteBlogger.com was contacted on February 20, 2012 by Mark Breiner, President of Dream Giveway regarding what they felt were inaccuracies in the information contained in the WFLA story and our blog post. We offered the charity the opportunity to print a response and they provided the following:


Corvette Dream Giveaway – Challenges Report on Children’s Charity

On February 14th corvetteblogger.com published a report aired by a Florida television station containing allegations that referenced our popular Corvette Dream Giveaway promotion most of you are familiar with. The blog incorrectly referred to our promotion as a raffle. It is not legal to conduct a raffle on a national scale, although many organizations do. Our promotions are legally compliant drawings also referred to as giveaways or sweepstakes.

The report centered around the high cost of fundraising incurred by Kids Wish Network, one of the charities benefiting from a Dream Giveaway promotion. The segment referred several times to a net figure of 12%, intentionally misleading the viewer to believe that the Charity only received that amount as a result of the annual Corvette promotion.

In reality, the 12% net figure stated in the report, applies only to net funds received by the Charity resulting from professional telemarketing efforts. As with most non-profit organizations, multiple fund raising methods are employed to produce a diversified revenue stream an organization can rely on. The overall cost of fundraising based upon total revenue divided by the total cost of fundraising for Kids Wish Network’s 2011 IRS filing was 47%, well above the 12% figure the story focused on. In the case of the Corvette Dream Giveaway, the Charity actually receives 50% of the net revenue, making it one of their most cost-effective fund raising sources.

Since 2008 this successful program has generated net revenue to the Charity of over $2.5 million dollars. The funds from the project are dedicated to the “HERO” program for hospitalized children. Each month, participating hospitals name a child that has overcome tragic circumstances with exceptional courage and has been an inspiration to their families, medical staff, and other patients. In 2008 at the inception of the inaugural Corvette Dream Giveaway, only 25 facilities were able to participate due to a lack of funding, with a huge list of hospitals waiting for the program. Due to the overwhelming and generous support from the Corvette community, the “HERO” program is now available in almost 200 pediatric facilities nationwide.

We are hopeful that Corvettebloggers will look forward to continued participation in this annual campaign, confident in knowing that their tax-deductible donation for entries will benefit deserving children, and someone will receive a spectacular pair of Corvettes!

The following participating “HERO” facilities are counting on it:

Alaska Native Medical Center
Altru Health System
Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital
Barrier Free Living
Beaumont Children’s Hospital #1
Beaumont Children’s Hospital #2
Bradley Angle
Brookdale University Medical Center
California Hospital Medical Center
Cardon Children’s Hospital at Banner Desert Medical Center
CASA Community Shelter
Charleston Children’s Therapy Center
Children Youth and Family Services
Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Inc.
Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
Children’s Hospital at Northwest Texas
Children’s Hospital at Scott & White
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Carolina
Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC
U of S Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital
UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center
University of Maryland Children’s Hospital
University of Maryland Children’s Hospital
USF Children’s Medical Services
Virtua West Jersey Hospital
Wesley Medical Center
West Virginia University Children’s Hospital
White Memorial Medical Center
Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital
YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program
YWCA San Diego
Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center & Orthopedics Hospital
Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA
Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc.
Children’s Medical Center at Summerlin Hospital
Elmhurst Hospital Center
Seton Medical Center Hays
CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Inova Fairfax Hospital / Inova Health System
Allied Services Outpaitent Pediatric Program
Children’s Blood and Cancer Center of Central Texas
St. Cloud Hospital
Dupont Hospital
Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center
Raphael House of Portland
Faith & Truth Revealed Ministries
ULOC Corporate Office
Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center
Caring Hearts Group
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
First UMC of Tarpon (Open Your Eyes Ministry)
Baycare Harbor Behavioral Health Care
Belinda Hammond
Denver Health
Sacred Heart Medical Center
SafeHouse Denver, Inc.
Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center
Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital #1
Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital #2
Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital #3
Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital #4
Saint Joseph’s Hosp and Med Center (PHX Children’s Hospital)
Salvation Army DV Program of West Pasco
Shelter for Abused Women & Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Erie
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Houston
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Philadelphia
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Philadelphia
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Portland
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Salt Lake City
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Salt Lake City
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Springfield
Shriners Hospitals for Children – St. Louis
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Twin Cities
Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless
Suncoast Center
Swedish Medical Center
The Spring at Tampa Bay
Tripler Army Medical Center
Tucson Medical Center
Tulane Hospital for Children
Turn Center

Attachment: 2009 Corvette Dream Giveaway Unveiling ceremony with GM


Source:
TBO.com

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