“Just so everyone is aware, there is a bunch of misleading info being spread around re: ALS research - the “27%” figure is based on previous years’ annual funding; furthermore, the remainder goes to improving the quality of life of those suffering from ALS. Given that the annual funding is approximately 16M, that’s just over 4M spent on decreasing their suffering. It isn’t greed, it’s a lack of money.”
Shut up already.
The ALS Association has a 4-star rating from Charity Watchdog.
And the next time you start to complain about a charity either a) working on multiple fronts (because that’s what ALSA does—both seeking a cure and helping people suffering now) or b) daring to have administration expenses—let’s see how long you can last, much less tackle a cause, without printer paper and an internet connection.
As someone who has watched a family member die from a neuro-degenerative disease; funding to develop better wheelchairs and bedsore creams is *just* as important as funding research to cure the disease itself…
A friend of mine posted an update from one of HER friends to FB earlier. Her dad has ALS. The ALS foundation came out to see if they could put in a ramp for his wheelchair, but they couldn’t afford it because of the kind of ramp he needed for the kind of house they had.
This week they called back and said hey, the thing is, we suddenly have a bunch of money, so we’re coming out to build that ramp. And they did. She posted pics.
So if you feel like bitching about the ice bucket challenge…reconsider.
Another thing is that these are stats from years ago, meaning that now the chart will be different considering that donations are much different.
Their payroll will not increase! Don’t start thinking that this money will split the same ways because it will not.
The chart shown stated that a large percentage goes to fundraisers and raising awareness alone. The largest chunk went to research. A small portion goes to paying the staff and the rest went to various things that keeps a foundation alive.
This year is an amazing year for their charity because, with this money they can put so much to research and so much more to things like helping individual people with ALS and building ramps and so much more that people don’t even think about. So keep raising awareness because the money is going exactly where it needs to go.