Generation Rescue’s tax form 990 for 2010

31 Jan

Generation Rescue’s tax forms (form 990) for 2010 have been made publicly available.

2010 was the second highest year financially for Generation Rescue. Here are their yearly totals:

2006: $318,695
2007: $425,317
2008: $1,185,255
2009: $623,597
2010: $1,078,471

GENERATION RESCUE IS DEDICATED TO RECOVERY FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS BY PROVIDING GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT

The largest expense was for “research”: $307,439. The description is not very detailed:

GR CONTINUES ITS COMMITMENT TO DISCOVERING THE CAUSES OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS AS A MEANS OF IMPROVING TREATMENTS AND QUALITY OF LIFE, WHILE WORKING TOWARDS A PREVENTION AND A CURE. ANGELS DONATE THEIR TIME TO ANSWER QUESTIONS, GIVE GUIDANCE AND PROVIDE RESOURCES FOR FAMIILIES STARTING OUT ON THEIR OWN.

More on this later.

Other expenses? Marketing and Awareness, for one: $135,128

MARKETING & AWARENESS
GR IS DEDICATED TO SPREADING AWARENESS AND INFORMATION ABOUT AUTISM TO THE POPULATION AT LARGE, TO ENSURE THE UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT FOR THE DISORDER. GR WORKS CLOSELY ON A GRASSROOTS AND NATIONAL LEVEL TO ENGAGE FAMILIES IN THE PROCESS.

Rescue Family Grant Program: $96, 431

GR’S RESCUE FAMILY GRANT PROGRAM PROVIDES AUTISM TREATMENT SUPPORT TO INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES AFFECTED BY AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS. GR PROUDLY PROVIDES FAMILIES WITH THIS UNIQUE AUTISM TREATMENT PROGRAM, WHICH MAY NOT OTHERWISE BE COVERED BY SCHOOL DISTRICTS, COUNTY PROGRAMS, INSURANCE OR OTHER GRANT-GENERATING ENTITIES.

Other program services: $328,660.

You may recall that this year Generation Rescue teamed up with AutismOne to produce the AutismOne conference. They made the conference “free” to attendees (with a $25 fee). Generation Rescue put out $76,467 to support the conference. Someone is obviously paying (exhibitors? Speakers?), Generation Rescue made $38,883 on the conference. Compare this with their comedy event where they spent $98,422 to make $15,327. Autism One is a much better deal for them.

Remember those research expenses mentioned above? I assume that this charge is included there: “Strategic Autism Initiative” got $100,000 “for researching the causes of autism:”. What’s the Strategic Autism Initiative? Simply put: Andrew Wakefield. That’s the organization he created after leaving Thoughtful House. Been wondering how Andrew Wakefield is paying the bills since losing that job? Well this gives you a big clue.

(For comparison, their “Family Grant” program received less money: $93,122 for 111 recipients.)

Under compensated board members, officers, etc., they list:

Jenny McCarthy, President, Director (10 hours/week, no pay)
Jonathan B Handley, Director (10 hours/week, no pay)
Lisa Handley, Director (10 hours/week, no pay)
and
Candace MacDonald, Executive Director (40 hours/week, $128,613)

Total in salaries and other compensation $260,569. (in 2009, this was $364,686)

Generation Rescue’s mission statement for 2010?

GENERATION RESCUE (GR) IS DEDICATED TO RECOVERY FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS BY PROVIDING GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT TO DIRECTLY IMPROVE THE CHILD’S QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL FAMILIES IN NEED

This has been evolving.

2009:

GENERATION RESCUE,INC IS AN INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT 0F SCIENTISTS AND PHYSICIANS RESEARCHING THE CAUSES AND TREATMENTS FOR AUTISM, ADHD, AND CHRONIC ILLNESS WHILE PARENT-VOLUNTEERS MENTOR THOUSAND OF FAMILIES IN RECOVERING THEIR CHILDREN

2008:

CONTINUING RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL RELATING TO MERCURY TOXICITY AND ITS EFFECT ON CHILD DEVELOPMENT

(Generation started out as a major proponent of the idea that autism was a misdiagnosis for mercury poisoning)

One might notice that the “research” budget is significantly higher than that allocated to Mr. Wakefield’s organization. They allocate $307,439 for research. Compare this to 2009, when their support of research appears to be a single entry of $30,000 given to the HEAL Foundation.

$100,000 is going to Mr. Wakefield. Where is the other $208,439 going? Generation Rescue at one point felt they could do a vaccinated/unvaccinated study for $809,721. At that time it was proposed as a 2 year study. Is it in the works?

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7 Responses to “Generation Rescue’s tax form 990 for 2010”

  1. RAJ January 31, 2012 at 13:20 #

    However misguided Generation Rescue may be, they are not costing the taxpayers anything. Compare that to the millions of dollars the NIH spends on autism research that turns out to have been wasted money. The most recent example being the new finding that raises doubts about the integrity of fMRI research.

    You can follow the discussion here:

    http://sfari.org/news-and-opinion/news/2011/movement-during-brain-scans-may-lead-to-spurious-patterns

    • Sullivan January 31, 2012 at 15:55 #

      Nicely phrased but still just “I know this has nothing to do with the discussion but I want to discuss this instead”

  2. Science Mom January 31, 2012 at 14:51 #

    However misguided Generation Rescue may be, they are not costing the taxpayers anything.

    That is not the point; they are bilking people out of money that is not being spent for what they claim.

    Compare that to the millions of dollars the NIH spends on autism research that turns out to have been wasted money.

    Of course everyone else, particularly you can always know what research objectives to pursue better than the actual scientists pursuing them, especially with the benefit of hindsight. Research isn’t always hypothesis fulfilling you know and one of the points of research, is to find answers that are replicated.

    • Sullivan January 31, 2012 at 16:03 #

      Science Mom,

      Note that the premise RAJ gave us wrong. As a charitable organization, donations to GR are tax deductible. Taxpayers are indirectly supporting GR.

      One could also argue that battling misinformation and cleaning up the fallout of GR’s activities have cost taxpayers plenty. Harder to quantify.

  3. Science Mom January 31, 2012 at 20:47 #

    One could also argue that battling misinformation and cleaning up the fallout of GR’s activities have cost taxpayers plenty. Harder to quantify.

    Good point Sullivan and thanks for posting the GR information. They make Autism Speaks look squeaky clean by comparison.

  4. stanley seigler January 31, 2012 at 22:12 #

    not inferring GR or AS are anything but qualified, compassionate, organizations…and apropos of nothing but;

    it is sad how many egotistical, greedy bastards, with a personal agenda, get in the way of real support for those on the spectrum…and;

    as the old saw say: “the road to hell is paved good intention”…or does it say paved with bs…

    BTW for several years GR’s totals were not as much as JRC’s executive director’ salary…also believe AS’s executive director salary was close to GR yearly totals…

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