The folks at Boycott Autism Speaks pulled together some information from the organization’s 2012 Financial Reports. Here’s what they found:
- 36% = Salaries, benefits, payroll taxes: $22, 861,019
- 25% = Science grants/awards: $15,790,797
- 5% = Travel, meals, lodging, entertainment, catering: $3,034,109
- 4% = Advertising & Marketing: $2,827,316
- 3% = Family Services grants & awards: $2,048,552
(Percentages are based on the total reported expenditures of $64,127,886)
If you’re donating to Autism Speaks because you think the money is going to help autistic people and their families, I’m sorry to inform you that only 3 cents from every dollar you donate is actually doing that.
Image description: Picture is of two caterers plating food for a function. There is a large table covered in white plates with food on them. One of the caterers is adding sauce to the plates. Text on the image reads: If you want more of your donations spent on travel, lodging, entertainment and catering than on autistic people…. Autism Speaks is the charity for you!
Light It Up True is a campaign running in April to counter the misinformation and outright lies spread by Autism Speaks. We will be sharing some truths about both autism and the largest so-called ‘autism charity’ in the United States.
This campaign is part of a larger one called Boycott Autism Speaks. Please go to boycottautismspeaks.com to find out more.