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Skip's Mission to Give Their Money Back

Organized by: Skip Rivera

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My name is Skip Rivera. I'm a freelance claims investigator, cruising various state Controller and Treasurer "unclaimed property" databases, locating misplaced assets belonging to companies--primarily Fortune 500 firms. While working on one such claim, I found a staggering amount of unclaimed cashier's checks that belonged to a major charity organization. They gladly accepted my offer to return this money to them, and I moved on with my work. Here's the thing: I find myself thinking about struggling groups all across the country, wondering how much of their money is gathering dust in various state coffers. Besides the opportunity to be a father, the most satisfying thing I've done in life so far is when I have the opportunity to give time or money away. It's not the recognition (Skip isn't my real name), nor the attention. It's the personal satisfaction--that warm, just satisfied, feeling--that comes from giving. It makes me feel better about me, my existence, and my hope in the good of the human condition. I've found a website called Non profit locator and I want to develop an algorithm that searches EVERY state database for unclaimed property (money) that belongs to EVERY 501 (c)(3) group in the country. Big or small, my research proves that the money is there. Fundraising is expensive and time/resource consuming. My plan won't make that any easier but will give back to those, money that already belongs to them. Doubt my claim? See for yourself. Go to and type in "March of Dimes" or "Red Cross" or the name of your favorite charity. Be careful though; locating, then giving people's money back to them can be VERY addicting!


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