When Giving Meets Gouging: High Costs Cheat Charities

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The Holiday season is a time for giving in America, with nearly 50% of all charitable contributions taking place between Thanksgiving and the end of the year. Unfortunately, itÂ?s also a time for gouging, not just of consumers, but of charitable organizations, too.

The Holiday season is a time for giving in America, with nearly 50% of all charitable contributions taking place between Thanksgiving and the end of the year. Unfortunately, it’s also a time for gouging.

We all hear the occasional sad story of a consumer who is swindled by an unscrupulous fundraising organization, whose claims of charitable giving are nothing more than a front, with just a few pennies out of every dollar actually going to charity. Perhaps the bigger problem, though infrequently publicized, are the high costs often charged to legitimate charities for goods and services, making them unnecessarily inefficient. In both cases, the ultimate losers are those least capable of fighting back: the needy.

John Huhn is CEO of St. Louis-based fulfillment expert NewStream Solutions, which recently founded National Support Services, a not-for-profit organization that can make even well-established charities more efficient. “If your school or charitable organization is like most, multiple suppliers are needed to manufacture your fundraising items, handle order processing and fulfillment, even help you generate traffic to your website. Even if you’re a mega-charity, you’re not likely getting the best bang for your buck. We see overcharges every day.”

National Support, which according to Director John Schranck is dedicated to online fundraising through the sale of popular items like the new stars and stripes “United We Stand” and the camouflage “Support Our Troops” silicon rubber awareness wristbands, benefits from discounted service charges from NewStream, since normal salary and administrative overhead costs are not passed through to National Support. The net result is a much greater overall level of giving for those most in need. And through a recently developed Partner Program, other fundraisers can now take advantage of the same low cost structure as http://www.nationalsupport.org becomes an online fundraising destination.

Inspired by the wildly popular and successful LiveStrong silicon wristbands that have fueled the Lance Armstrong Foundation this year, fundraisers everywhere are rushing to “compete” for donated dollars with product offerings of their own. For them, National Support is a great way to sell products and raise funds more efficiently, while reaching givers well beyond their current geographic scope via the internet.

The National Support Services Partner Program is a unique opportunity for charities to get up to 100% of the net proceeds back for sales of fundraising items when they send web traffic to National Support. An organization can make their own fundraising products available on the National Support site, or simply send traffic from their own website to buy the National Support products, with proceeds forwarded to them every month.

As a full-service fulfillment and e-commerce company, NewStream was already reducing costs and making its non-profit clients more efficient, managing products ranging from the familiar pink bracelets to holiday CDs for the troops overseas. With the new Partner Program from National Support Services, fundraisers everywhere have an opportunity to channel even more contributions to those in need.

About National Support Services

National Support Services is an organization established by NewStream Solutions of St. Louis, Missouri to generate financial resources in support of charitable causes. National Support has filed for 501 (c) 3 status as a non-profit charitable organization. For more information, please visit http://www.NationalSupport.org.

About NewStream Solutions LLC

NewStream Solutions is a full-service provider of fulfillment, call center and e-commerce solutions for companies organizations worldwide. NewStream, located in St. Louis, Missouri, also owns patent-pending robotic packaging technology for digital media. For more information, please visit http://www.NewStreamSolutions.com.

Contact: John Schranck

National Support Services

(636) 300-5840

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