CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 19, 1977
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(Studio) Outpouring of contributions to organization charities at Christmas season and recent investigations of such charities reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) Uncertainty with regard to how much of solicited money goes for charitable works noted. Better Bus. Bureau in Washington, DC has set up standards for such orgs. [BBB spokesperson Helen O'ROURKE - notes number of charities meeting standards, of those listed on BBB's "give..." list.] Some standards listed. Bureau's records on Disabled American Vets, NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Special Contribution Fund and Paralyzed Vets of American noted. Financial disclosure difficulties with Saint Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, founded by comedian Danny Thomas, and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association reported Films shown. Details of similar situation with Boys Town, outside Omaha, Nebraska, and its eventual restoration to BBB list. [Boys Town director Reverend Robert HUPP - cites reasons that organization must solicit funds, even with wealth it has accumulated.] Spending procedure at Omaha Home for Boys and its rejection from BBB list noted. [Home spokesperson Charles AMIDON - says home won't spend money just to get rid of it within certain time span in order to meet guidelines.] Cautionary procedures for charitable giving noted.
REPORTER: Ray Brady