Standard 2: Number of Board Members - Soliciting organizations shall have a board of directors with a minimum of five voting members.
According to the organization's IRS Form 990 for the year-ended December 31, 2012, it had three (3) voting members of the Board of Directors. The organization confirmed this number of voting Board Members in an email dated October 28, 2013.
Standard 15: Misleading Appeals - Have solicitations and informational materials, distributed by any means, that are accurate, truthful and not misleading, both in whole and in part. Appeals that omit a clear description of program(s) for which contributions are sought will not meet this standard. A charity should also be able to substantiate that the timing and nature of its expenditures are in accordance with what is stated, expressed, or implied in the charity's solicitations.
As of August 20, 2014, Donate for a Cause's website, www.donateforacause.org, states that the organization, "accept[s] timeshares as a donation ..." (homepage). However, on the "FAQ" section of its site (question 9, "What Are The Costs for Me To Donate My Timeshare?"), the organization adds that it "take[s] some timeshares free of charge [and ... ] offer[s] a fee-based guaranteed program" for other timeshares. According to an email dated October 28, 2013, Donate for a Cause determines which timeshares qualify for its "free" program versus its "fee-based" program based on "the expected sale price of the timeshare[;] if it is expected to sell for more than the associated costs incurred by the charity for taking the property ... the timeshare is accepted for free. Timeshares with lower expected sale prices are accepted if the donor is willing to make a donation to cover the associated costs." In the same email, Donate for a Cause stated that in 2012, 225 of the 2,001 timeshares offered to the organization (or 11%) were accepted into its "free" program; the remaining 1,776 timeshares were accepted along with a "donation" paid by the donor.
In BBB’s opinion, Donate for a Cause’s online solicitations are misleading in part, because they omit a material fact (i.e., 100% of “donated” timeshares are not accepted free-of-charge) that, if known by potential donors at the point of solicitation, is likely to have an impact on the donors’ decision whether to transfer their timeshare to the organization.