A submission from Planet Aid: On December 6, 2017, the Towson Flyer reported that Planet Aid had sued Baltimore County regarding a regulatory issue that would interfere with charitable giving. The story also included allegations that Planet Aid would like to address regarding its status as a charity.
Planet Aid has been in operation for more than 20 years, is regularly audited, and is accredited by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. Planet Aid meets all of the 20 standards for charity accountability. Charity Navigator — another charity evaluator — reports that 84.7 percent of Planet Aid’s expenses are directly related to the charitable programs and services that it delivers. Decades of official reviews have reached the same conclusion: Planet Aid is dutifully carrying out its mission. Furthermore, referencing the Towson Flyer article, Planet Aid categorically affirms it has complete control of its charity operations and has no affiliation nor is it controlled by any other organization. The negative claims made against Planet Aid are without merit.
Planet Aid collects and recycles used clothing and shoes from more than 19,000 locations across the United States. Planet Aid’s bins support local recycling efforts, making it convenient for consumers to drop off used and unwanted clothing and thereby saving resources reducing trash volumes. The net proceeds from Planet Aid’s clothing collection operation, in turn, are put to use by helping to fund sustainable development, health, and education projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Planet Aid is totally focused on our priority to help others.