Investigating America’s worst charities

A joint investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting, the Tampa Bay Times and CNN identified America’s 50 worst charities — nonprofits that plead for financial support and lied to donors about where their money goes, taking multiple salaries and secretly paying themselves or their friends through consulting fees and fundraising contracts.

Reporters Kris Hundley and Kendall Taggart spent more than a year reviewing documents and building a one-of-a-kind database of the country’s worst charitable organizations.

Taggart, Hundley and Tampa Bay Times editor Chris Davis joined IRE in a Google Hangout on June 14. Watch the recording to find out the behind the scenes details of the investigation.