Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi wants residents who desire to help Hurricane Harvey victims to be mindful of disaster relief charity scams.

Local Organization Prepares Dogs For The Working World

May 17, 2017
Courtesy of Anthony Loffler

There are four-legged residents of the Tampa Bay area who stand out in public because of their harnesses and vests. Some are working guide dogs, others are guide dogs in training.

Southeastern Guide Dogs, a charitable organization in Palmetto, has spent decades preparing canines for the working world. 

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has about a month to prove to a Tallahassee judge she didn’t improperly order businesses to pay millions to unregistered charities. Bondi denies any wrongdoing.

The end of the year is a popular time for charitable giving thanks to the “holiday spirit” and possibly to get a tax deduction. But Florida’s consumer protection agency cautions that it’s also a time of year to be wary of scams.

Any charitable organization asking Floridians for money – with a few exceptions like religious, political and educational groups – must register with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. And thousands are registered.

Following negative publicity about administrative costs, as well as a critical audit, the administration of Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that it had suspended a program that allowed state workers to make charitable donations through their paychecks.

Give Day: Giving Back to Tampa Bay Nonprofits

May 5, 2014

Twenty-four hours to make the Tampa Bay community better. That is what Give Day is all about, giving back to more than 350 nonprofits throughout the Bay area. The program originated in Minnesota and is now part of communities across the country.

This year is the 100th anniversary of community foundations in the United States, and this Tuesday, Tampa Bay will have its first ever Give Day.

Do Nonprofit Hospitals Give Enough?

Jul 29, 2013
Skip O'Rourke / Tampa Bay Times

How much charity care is enough for a hospital to earn its nonprofit, tax-exempt status? Apparently there is no rule about that, the Tampa Bay Times reports. 

The IRS requires nonprofit hospitals to provide, in detail, the “community benefits” they provide. But the IRS doesn’t have specific targets that nonprofits have to hit when it comes to providing uncompensated care.

FL-Based Charity Judged Worst

Jun 10, 2013
Douglas R. Clifford / Tampa Bay Times

An investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and The Center for Investigative Reporting found the Kids Wish Network spends only about 3 cents of every dollar it takes in on helping dying children and their families. That much money going to professional solicitation companies to get donations is why the Florida-based charity is at the top of the list of America's 50 worst charities.