OTTAWA, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- More than half the donations to more than 200 Canadian non-profit groups are paid out to professional fundraisers to raise more money, official figures show.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported its investigation found many charities ignoring Canadian Revenue Agency guidelines. Those say that non-profit groups are supposed to spend no more than 35 percent of revenue on fundraising.
CRA statistics showed some fundraising campaigns that cost almost as much as they brought in.
A fundraising campaign for the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan netted just over $1,000 Canadian ($972 U.S.), or a bit over 1 percent of the money paid to a third-party fundraiser. Between 2003 and 2009, Nova Scotia Crimestoppers paid 79 percent of its revenue to fundraisers.
Kate Bahen, managing director of Charity Intelligence Canada, said fundraising is a growing business in the country and has tripled in size in a decade.
"When that phone rings, and it's a charity asking for money, we have traditionally just given," Bahen said. "You've seen the results of what happens when we just give without asking questions, without getting information."