Have you ever gotten a phone call asking for money for the Association of Indiana State Troopers, Indiana Drug Enforcement Association or the Indiana Firefighters Association?
Did you ever wonder just how much or your donation went to doing the work of the charity.
The Indianapolis Star found that many not-for-profits with ties to police, firefighters or veterans often hire professional solicitors to raise money and they keep most of what you donate.
Experts suggest 65 percent of collections should reach the not-for-profits.
But state records for the Association of Indiana State Troopers, Indiana Drug Enforcement Association and Indiana Firefighters Association show the three groups often have received less than 20 percent.
The Indiana Police Officers Association, a not-for-profit run by former and current Indiana State Police officials, has used at least four solicitors since 1998. The most it has reported receiving is 20 percent, according to the Indiana Attorney General's Office.
Of the nearly $874,000 raised by one solicitor, the Indiana Police Officers Association received only about $117,000—or 13 percent.
The Indiana Firefighters Association says that the have received as little as 5% from one solicitor and may just shut down their fundraising.
How they will raise money is up in the air.