Posts Tagged ‘Macular Degeneration Association’
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune recently ran this article by Barbara Peters Smith about Parkinson Research Foundation (PRF), its founder Larry Hoffheimer, and another, far more reputable charity with which PRF is competing in Sarasota. The article also briefly mentioned Hoffheimer’s other “charity”, the Macular Degeneration Association (MDA).
Readers of my blog know that I have written about Hoffheimer, MDA, and PRF in the past. In a nutshell, I believe that at best, MDA and PRF are incompetently run charities which spend far too little of their revenue on furthering their missions, and at worst, they are intentionally fraudulent charities whose real purpose is to enrich Hoffheimer and his colleagues rather than to help people with Parkinsons and Macular Degeneration.
I spoke with Ms. Peters Smith at length about the ample evidence that there are problems with these charities. Unfortunately, none of the concerns raised in my blog made it into her article as published. Here is the letter I sent her about the article:
In 2008, I wrote about the Macular Degeneration Association (MDA), a questionable charity whose actual mission seemed to be more about lining the pockets of its founder and his cronies than about supporting macular degeneration research or people suffering with the disease.
The charity doesn’t look any better now than it did then. Here’s an update…
Fraudulent charity warning: Macular Degeneration Association / American Medical Research OrganizationFriday, April 25th, 2008
April 25, 2008
The Capital PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050
Dear Mr. McCollum:
I am writing to bring to your attention a fraudulent charity that is operating out of Florida and scamming well-meaning individuals.
I received a solicitation yesterday for an organization calling itself “Macular Degeneration Association” and which identifies itself as “a mission of,” i.e., a front for, the “American Medical Research Organization”. The address given for the organization is 420 Beach Road, P.O. Box 20256, Sarasota, FL 34276, and the telephone number given is 941-870-4399. The charity claims to be registered in Florida with the registration number CH18753.
Here is how I know that this organization is a scam: (more…)