Around this time last year, all of your news and social media feeds were probably covered with people doing or talking about the ALS ice bucket challenge (Throwback Thursday to CauseScience challenges). What ever happened to the hundreds of millions raised for ALS awareness and research?? CNN.com reports this week on what at least one ALS charity, ALS Association, has done with its millions of dollars.
One summer later, the ALS Association says about 40% of the ice bucket money, $47.1 million, has been spent or budgeted toward specific purposes. In time, it says the plan is to pour all $115 million back into five main spending buckets.
Bucket #1: $77 million for ‘research’
Bucket #2: $23 million for ‘patient and community services’
Bucket #3: $10 million for ‘public and professional education’
Bucket #4: $3 million for ‘fund-raising’
Bucket #5: $2 million for ‘external processing fees’
Check out the CNN article for more of a description for each spending category, especially the research section! Overall, it is truly amazing how much money was raised, not to mention the awareness of having this tragic disease all over news, media, and social sites!
Check out this ALSA video while you’re at it!