June 3, 2010; Source: Rome Observer | So many charity scams pop up in the wake of disaster that the FBI has created a unit called the National Center for Disaster Fraud, established after Hurricane Katrina. The BP oil spill has engendered another wave of this abhorrent exploitation and to counter it the Oil Spill Fraud Task Force which includes the aforementioned FBI unit and a number of representatives from more local law enforcement bodies. There are so many levels at which such scams are destructive, it is difficult to list them all.—Ruth McCambridge
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Ruth is Editor in Chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly. Her background includes forty-five years of experience in nonprofits, primarily in organizations that mix grassroots community work with policy change. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Ruth spent a decade at the Boston Foundation, developing and implementing capacity building programs and advocating for grantmaking attention to constituent involvement.