Some Misleading Donation Boxes Could be Banned in Lincoln


Lincoln may ban donation boxes runby for-profit companies because city officials worry about confusion over howmuch local charities receive from donations.

The city council may change therules, so only non-profits could run donation boxes.

About 80 donation boxes have sprungup around Lincoln recently professing to accept donations for the local Marchof Dimes chapter. In reality, the charity receives only a small share of thedonations. The company that runs the boxes, EZ Drop, keeps most of the proceedsfrom the donations.

Company officials did notimmediately respond to email and phone messages on Monday.

Joanne Pickrel, CEO of Goodwill Industriesfor southeast Nebraska, says she worries that donors are being misled becausethe boxes don't mention EZ Drop's involvement.