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Oklahoma City charity sees record donations

BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: April 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm •  Published: April 25, 2010
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Feed The Children last week reported taking in a record $1.192 billion in contributions last fiscal year.

Donations were up $14 million despite the recession and negative publicity from a power struggle at the Oklahoma City-based Christian relief organization. The report to the Internal Revenue Service covers July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2009.

The charity since has been rocked by even more bad publicity, including a critical CBS News report, and a series of lawsuits. In November, the charity’s board of directors fired its chief fundraiser and president, Larry Jones. How the charity has fared in fundraising without Jones is not known.

The organization is exempt from income tax.

Most of the contributions to Feed The Children last fiscal year were goods, such as food, books, toys, hygiene items, drugs and medical supplies, and clothing, according to the report. Cash donations to the charity totaled $123,164,643, a spokesman said.

Here are other highlights from the 253-page report:

More than $63 million was spent on fundraising.

Jones’ compensation and benefits totaled $284,937. Compensation for his wife, Frances Jones, was $210,023.

$33,084 was spent on the charity’s first-ever lobbying efforts in Washington.