e often hear how certain charities solicit funds, yet end up keeping the money for alleged salaries and expenses.
One such suspicious organization, called the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation (ASDF) was recently highlighted in the Minneapolis StarTribune.
The Tribune's article
found that despite hauling in over $1.2 million in 2009, the ASDF reported to the IRS a negative year-end balance, with no evidence of donating to any organization.
The Tribune article also offers some excellent links to check the legitimacy and history of any charity.
In the meantime, if a representative from the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation contacts you and asks for money, ask THEM for proof of where the money goes - and tell them you read the Tribune's article.