Do you get annoyed by dinnertime phone calls soliciting donations to some charity or the other? Then news of where the money actually goes is sure to escalate the agita.

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Seventy-five cents of every dollar, on average, went into the pockets of the telemarketing companies making the calls for charities on Long Island, according to state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. The charities got only the quarter that was left.

And it's worse here than statewide, where telemarketers pocketed 62 cents on the dollar in 2012. If you want more of what you give to actually advance the causes you support, then give directly to any of the region's many reputable charities. And when the phone rings, you will be completely justified if you politely tell the person interrupting your dinner to take a hike.