Deal reached, but road funding decision to be made by voters  LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Lawmakers have reached an agreement on road funding.

DEVELOPING NEWS
[an error occurred while processing this directive]

I-Team: Planet-Aid

Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013 |
I-Team: Planet-Aid story image
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Newschannel 3 I-Team tonight is looking into what you might need to know before you donate used clothing into one of those yellow boxes that have popped up all over the area.

The boxes are put out by the Boston based nonprofit, Planet-Aid, a group which has attracted criticism.

In fact, Charity Watch, a watchdog agency, gave the group an F grade for "misleading donors."

"We have given Planet-Aid a failing grade, an F rating for about 5 years now because of how little the charity spends on programs relative to fundraising and other programs," said a Charity Watch representative.

Laurie Styron, with Charity watch, said the company gives back just 34% of what it takes in to programs, and it found that Planet Aid sells much of what it collects, and nothing actually goes to help people in the U.S.

This makes Planet-Aid much different from nonprofits like Goodwill.

"We're all about helping people find work in the community, in the local community," said Denise King of Goodwill Southwest Michigan. "When you donate to our stores and shop in our stores, that's where we make the money to do these types of things."

Goodwill Southwest Michigan, which earns an A rating from Charity Watch said the yellow boxes haven't hurt donations yet, but worry they could.

There are other boxes that have popped up in the area, with other names on them, but you should always make sure the box says exactly where the donations will go before putting anything in.

We attempted to contact Planet-Aid for our report, but they have yet to call us back.
comments powered by Disqus
advertisement

What do you want to see?

If you have a story idea for the I-Team, you can contact us using the form below or by calling 269-388-4612.
Please re-enter the code shown in the image below.

Business News

Last Update on December 18, 2014 08:45 GMT

ECONOMY-THE DAY AHEAD

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

Mortgage company Freddie Mac releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.

Conference Board releases leading indicators for November, 10 a.m.

SONY HACK-NORTH KOREA

NEW YORK (AP) -- A U.S. official says North Korea perpetrated an unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for "The Interview," the film at the heart of the attack.

Federal investigators have now connected the Sony Pictures hack to the isolated communist nation, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to openly discuss an ongoing criminal case.

Earlier in the day, the besieged company said it was canceling the Christmas Day release of "The Interview." It cited the threats of violence against movie theaters and decisions by the largest multiplex chains in North America, one after another, to pull the film from its screens.

The attack is unprecedented and possibly the costliest for a U.S. company ever, says Avivah Litan, a cybersecurity analyst at research firm Gartner.

UBER-SAFETY

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Taxi alternative Uber is responding to public concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions by promising to focus on rider safety.

Uber's head of global safety wrote in a blog post Wednesday that in 2015 the company will "build new safety programs and intensify others."

The initiatives will include new ways to screen drivers and the creation of teams that can rapidly respond to safety-related reports.

The blog referenced a case in India in which a driver was accused of raping a passenger. It didn't mention a lawsuit filed by California prosecutors which says the company's safety checks of drivers fall short.

advertisement