Thursday, August 28, 2014

Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge

Originally published on WNYC on 8/27/2014. 
The ALS ice bucket challenge continues to bring in huge donations this summer for efforts to cure and treat what's commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. As of today, the viral campaign has raised more than $94 million for the ALS Association. That's compared with $2.7 million raised by the group during the same time last year.
Now the association faces a challenge of its own: figuring out the best way to spend all that money. Read the transcript at


Anonymous said...

Let's hope that they spend it wisely and what it was intended for.

Anonymous said...

Let's hope they spend it wisely and what it was intended for.

Wayne D said...

They will they have the highest score from charity Navigator possible

Ken Berger said...


I hope you are right!


Dew J said...

Do they really only use 27% for intended purposes ? Disturbing if true....

Ken Berger said...


Far more than 27% of the funding to ASLA goes to its programs. If it did not, ASLA would not be four star rated by us!

The article is quite misleading and is only cherry picking to focus on a subset of the six program areas of the ASLA.


Anonymous said...

The fact that, according to Charity Navigator, the head of the national ALS Association makes almost $340,000 a year is obscene. (This is also true of many other "charitable" groups.)

The idea that she and other members would even need to think twice about what to do with the money, makes the amount she makes nearly criminal.

Ken Berger said...


We believe that a variety of factors need to be considered before making a decision on whether or not to support a charity.

We publish a review of CEO salaries each year and describe our thoughts on best practice and salary averages. You can find it here -