October 2, 2014
Lincoln may ban donation boxes run by for-profit companies because city officials worry about confusion over how much local charities receive from donations.
The city council may change the rules, so only nonprofits could run donation boxes.
About 80 donation boxes have sprung up around Lincoln recently professing to accept donations for the local March of Dimes chapter, but the charity receives only a small share of the donations.
The company that runs the boxes, EZ Drop, keeps most of the proceeds from the donations. Company officials did not immediately respond to email and phone messages on Monday.
Joanne Pickrel, CEO of Goodwill Industries for Southeast Nebraska, says she worries that donors are being misled because the boxes don't mention EZ Drop's involvement.