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Smile Train removes charts from website; still claims $250 per surgery

Two days ago, I critiqued the message sent by charts on Smile Train’s “Financial Information” page, particularly the idea that a surgery was being provided for every $250 in donations.

My recollection is that the page had been up in this form since at least the summer of 2006 (when I first started investigating surgery charities), and Internet Archive appears to confirm that it’s been up at least since early 2007.

We have not heard/seen a response from Smile Train, but as of last night, that page appears to have been taken down entirely.

Smile Train is still claiming $250 as the cost per surgery, which (I argued) seems contradicted by the now-taken-down charts.


Two pages appear to have changed: the “charts” page (the page I critiqued) is now gone, and the “financials” page now longer links to the “charts” page.

“Charts” page:

“Financials” page: