Some Misleading Donation Boxes Could be Banned in Lincoln
Lincoln may ban donation boxes run
by for-profit companies because city officials worry about confusion over how
much local charities receive from donations.
The city council may change the
rules, so only non-profits could run donation boxes.
About 80 donation boxes have sprung
up around Lincoln recently professing to accept donations for the local March
of Dimes chapter. In reality, the charity receives only a small share of the
donations. The company that runs the boxes, EZ Drop, keeps most of the proceeds
from the donations.
Company officials did not
immediately respond to email and phone messages on Monday.
Joanne Pickrel, CEO of Goodwill Industries
for southeast Nebraska, says she worries that donors are being misled because
the boxes don't mention EZ Drop's involvement.