The Subscriptions Investigating Committee of the Chicago Association of Commerce
The Subscriptions Investigating Committee was organized in 1910, a committee of ten of the members of the Chicago Association of Commerce including Mr. Granger Far well as Chairman, being appointed. The purpose of this committee was to devise and inaugurate a systematic method of securing all necessary information in respect to those charitable organizations that were appealing for funds for their support. In Chicago, as in all large cities, there were alleged charitable institutions which were of a fraudulent character; others were conducted by well-meaning people with little or no business or welfare experience, while in a few cases there were duplications of effort. The Committee had found out that numerous institutions objected to an audit on the grounds that they could not afford the cost.