Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Kony 2012

I wonder if anyone is looking at re-engineering the Kony 2012 idea and applying it to Cuba. The video is dramatic and effective. At the same time, it's important to point out that its sponsor - Invisible Children - has been harshly criticized. Charity Navigator gives it two of four stars for accountability and transparency. See rating.

Invisible Children hasn't yet allowed an independent auditor to look at its books, according to the blog Wesleying. The blog says:
Invisible Children admit that only 31% of the funds they raised in 2011 actually aided the cause they advanced. In the group’s expense reports, millions of dollars are spent annually on expenses such as “Compensation Costs,” “Fees and Licenses,” “Entertainment,” “Film Costs,” and $1,074,273 for just travel fees for the three filmmakers who head the organization. Altogether, just $2.8 million out of the $8.9 million they spent in 2011 made it to their charity program.

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