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Charity Supports Ads, Not Animals

Terri Crisp again linked to fraudulent fundraising
By Julia Lane, July 2012, Updated June 2021

Terri Crisp, an officer with SPCA International, is back in the news for charity mismanagement. According to CNN, SPCAI raised $27 million to help animals around the globe, but paid nearly all of it to a direct-mail company for fundraising. Nearly five years ago, I blogged about Terri Crisp's settlement with the state of California regarding her misuse of funds raised for animal victims of Hurricane Katrina ("Noah's Wish Settles Katrina Allegations," August 10, 2007). At that time, she agreed that she would not "serve as an officer, director or trustee, or in any position having the duties or responsibilities of an officer, director, or trustee, with any nonprofit organization for a period of five (5) years from the execution of this Settlement Agreement.” Yet, a 2011 document filed with the North Carolina secretary of state lists her among SPCAI's officers and directors, which would seem to violate that settlement. To ensure your donations go to animals, not advertising, check out your charity of choice through the American Institute of Philanthrophy's Charity Watch evalution and rating service.

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Julia Lane owns Spot On K9 Sports, a training facility in the Chicago area, and offers online dog-sport coaching. She is the author of several travel books, and her byline has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets & Writers and elsewhere.