A Brooklyn nonprofit lied about helping children with leukemia and bilked good-hearted donors, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office.
Schneiderman has sued the National Children’s Leukemia Foundation, alleging that less than 1 percent of the nearly $10 million raised from 2009 to 2013 actually helped children with cancer.
An audit by Schneiderman’s office found NCLF did not have a bone marrow registry, umbilical cord blood bank, cancer research center or patent for a new lifesaving treatment, as the organization claimed.
The organization, started by Zvi Shor, 64, out of his Brooklyn home 20 years ago, also failed to send dying children to Disney World as they claimed.
Of the $9.7 million raised, $8.9 million was spent on professional fundraisers hired by Shor, according to the AG’s office. The “nonprofit” is also accused of false filing and audits.
“Nothing is more shameful than pocketing millions of dollars donated by good-hearted people who just wanted to help children afflicted with a terminal illness,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “My office will continue to identify, investigate, and shutter so-called charities that use legitimate-sounding names to exploit the generosity of New Yorkers and betray the public’s trust. Those charitable organizations that do help our most vulnerable citizens, and put donors’ money to its intended use, are an essential part of the fabric of our state. I urge New Yorkers to continue giving to the neediest among us, but to give wisely.”
NCLF's website was not working on Tuesday, and their last Facebook post appeared to be from 2011.