Stick to the real things she has done wrong, rather than maligning a very real charity effort that supports people in Africa who are living every day amidst the horrors of genocide, displacement/exile, starvation, and lack of water.
Well, that supports raising awareness in the States of the people in Africa who are living every day amidst the horrors of genocide, displacement/exile, starvation, and lack of water, anyways.
We still don't know how much administrative costs and where the money is going yet
I hear ya, but as they don't file that information will be more difficult to obtain. They may not even keep their own books, they may outsource that to another company or perhaps the non profits that actually administer the programs do it for them.
I just know that whether they maintained the proper status to be able to deduct for tax purposes and thus allow people to get more bang for their donated dollars was one of the questions people were having, so I tossed a link up.
The page you linked to states that the money goes to Not on Our Watch and the Enough Project. Ante Up For Africa's page says the money goes to the Enough Project and Refugees International. Several news outlets reported that the money goes to the Enough Project and the International Rescue Committee. That's five entities altogether. Pretty confusing.
As Simplicitus notes, NOOW was the previous year at least. For this year, it appears to be Enough, Refugees International, and the International Rescue Committee. There's also a charity event at San Manuel Casino in California, and they also held an AUFA event during the EPT Grand Final in May.
As I have stated a few times I do not believe that AUFA is a scam at all I just believe that they are simply a flow-through entity for CAP (and possibly Refugees International although the split is impossible to know). Whether the Center for American Progress deserves your charitable donation is a decision you would need to make on your own.
Kamikaze - it is important to know that your hard earned and donated charity dollars are being used as advertised. There is a lot of pr for several individuals behind this AUFA and associated (gambling websites) etc. The use of big name celebrities who innocently donate their name to the cause still does not necessarily make it a good one.
I asked said "charity" for an audited report or at least the name of their auditor and
I read the detailed annual reports of the 2 charities listed on the AUFA website etc.
One of the charities had around 30% in costs and the other 70% went for advocacy in many cases to places outside of Darfur.
2 friends who wanted to donate (outside of the WSOP) asked similar questions and were might peeved at the answers they received and abject lack of documentation.
I have been informed by AUFA that they were only incorporated in 2008. Fair enough, so send me a spreasheet with costs and donations etc. That would take all of 5 minutes to do.
So a valid question is, What was going on in 2007, 2008 with the other AUFA tournies as far as the $$$ raised is concerned ?
Currently there is no TRANSPARENCY as to where the money really goes or it appears even a correct accounting of donations/costs that can readily be handed out to people who are putting up the loot....... certainly not a terrific sign nor one of a professionally administered charity.
Some too long Cliff's Notes for anyone just seeing this now who is confused. I did a lot of research on this as professionally I audit Not-for-Profit charities.
-AUFA could not be found as an official 501(c)(3) at the time of WSOP 2009 because they had not received their determination letter from the IRS yet and therefore were not an official 501(c)(3).
-AUFA only incorporated in late 2008 and claimed no income/expenses for that period from incorporation to year end and thus filed no form 990 for 2008. A 990 is an IRS form that all 501(c)(3) charities are required to file to maintain their not-for-profit status (there are some caveats to this but no reason to get much more technical). We should be able to view AUFA's first 990 sometime in Spring/Summer of 2010.
-For WSOP 2009 AUFA claims to have passed through all donations to Enough (a project of the Center for American Progress) and Refugees International. These are both large 501(c)(3)'s and have audited financials and 990's which you can view at their respective websites, http://www.americanprogress.org and www.refugeesinternational.org.
-As Enough is a project of CAP it is impossible to differentiate the money used on that project versus the money used on other CAP initiatives. Once the money is donated to CAP it all goes into the large donation pool. This is true of Refugees International as well but their operations aren't as broad as CAP.
-Until we see an audited 990 it is impossible to know what percentage of the donations are used for administrative expenses versus program expenses. However, even after there is a 990 it will be hard even for someone like me to get the real information. There are lots of ways to manipulate the accounting for a charity and in all likelihood we will never have a real idea as to what kind of a cut Ms. Duke takes for her charitable work. The only additional info we will get is whether she draws a salary or not because that would have to be disclosed.
Sorry so long but it was hard to condense the information much more than that.
Seeing that Annie Duke is involved it makes perfect sense that this got so F'd up. It astounded me that ESPN made no mention of prize pool....money given to chaity....money paid out to playes....how much they were encourraged to donate....total prize pool in tourney?!?!!?
How does she continue to play the role as cute poker playing woman, when she's in fact a busted old lady that gets paid by a corupt poker site and is only with AUFA because of her gained celebrity status and TV appeal.
Someone just text'd me that Annie Duke recently told people at a Bicycle Club tourney that I cashed out all the money and completely stiffed her charity.
The entire $109k from the tournament is still in the cage at the Rio. Once I pick it up, we will donate at least $50k more to Darfur relief charities not named Ante Up For Africa.
First off it's good to hear that wife and child are doing well Admo, good luck on a healthy delivery in January.
It's really unbelievable if this nonsense by Annie trying to hurt your reputation is still persisting. Once you make your donation I think a www.thisiswhatadmodidwithhisaufawinnings.com is in order with a copy of the cancelled check. Also if you are interested in some charity suggestions I have heard really excellent things within the not-for-profit world about ChildFund International. They operate in the Sudan and basically are geared towards on the ground help of children including food, schooling and health care. They openly list all financials on their website and they can be found here http://www.childfund.org/media/publi...l_Reports.aspx.
I'm sure whatever charity you choose will be great just thought I'd mention them as I recently heard them used as an example of a good not-for-profit at a seminar I was at and it made me think of this whole situation.
Last edited by Matthew Sanford; 08-13-2009 at 06:01 PM.
Someone just text'd me that Annie Duke recently told people at a Bicycle Club tourney that I cashed out all the money and completely stiffed her charity. Was anyone at the Bike during this event?
I am quite convinced it was Annie herself who sent the first email to the media outlets. Her behavior after the fact is quite telling. She may be stepping into legal hot water if she is affecting your reputation in the poker world, which could affect you financially since it could inhibit your ability to garner sponsorship, if thats important to you.
With libel and slander, you have to show financial damage and I am pretty sure that could be shown if this escalates on her behalf. You could become the "guy who stiffed that charity and we dont want you to wear our logos nor sponsor you". If you got that in writing, case could be a lock (armchair lawyer speaking here).