I have issues with charities. Big issues (no pun intended) and I don't know what the solution is. Now take Cancer Research, a huge charity helping millions with no funding from the government. Well they say no funding but they do get tax breaks and such like. Also its in the pharmaceuticals interest for charities to have lots of funding as then they can sell the drugs to the governments the world over.
Now I don't know many people who haven't known of someone who has died of cancer or has battled the disease. The cause is not in question. As you know I took part in the Race for Life and our team raised a little shy of £3,000.00. A few months after the race my sister gave me £20 to add to the team pot. The £20 gathered dust on the top of the cabinet and when I got around to remembering it the team monies had been submitted. So instead of getting myself a take-away (no I wouldn't have done I promise!) I just gave the £20 as a donation via their website.
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Live Aid being a good example of millions being raised (or was it billions I can't remember) and still we see children starving in Africa. I think only recently someone has said oh actually we need to manage the money rather than give it to corrupt governments and trust them to spend it on what it was intended. Only yesterday it was reported that 50 million pounds of charity money had been spent on...wait for it...how not to waste money. Erm, raises hand, here's an idea why don't we not spend 50 million pounds on working out how not to waste money?! Can someone pay me for that idea? Still keeps someone in a job doesn't it. Sod the people who actually really need that money.
The struggling saleswomen said 80% of Cancer Research donations go to the research 20% on the rest. The rest would be salaries, offices, websites, big glossy adverts and phone calls like this - the very problem I have with charities. The parasites that take their cut of the very large pie in the name of a good cause. Take charity Christmas cards the percentage that goes to the charity is shockingly low. Individuals make lots of money from charities. Its big business. I pointed out that 20% of millions is rather a lot of money. She then said well what about £5 ever quarter? So we'd gone from £10 per month to £5 per month to £20 a year. No. Again I pointed out that the money I would give would go towards her salary to phone me up to ask me for more money! She then confessed that she was working for a company employed by Cancer Research to raise more money but the cost of this was only £50,000. I doubt very much its only costing Cancer Research to pay another company to drum up more donations some how. I said what a waste of money why can't Cancer Research use the people they already employ "they don't have the time". I rest my case.
I have given money to various disaster appeals, paid for tents in Cambodia, Barnardos, Eastern European orphans, lifeboats, NSPCC the list goes on and on. I will never ever give to a charity that comes a knocking on my door let me tell you. I find that highly inappropriate and I tell them so. I won't set up a monthly donation to any one charity in particular as I don't want to.
If that makes me uncharitable then so be it. I think all charities need to be clear as to exactly how much of the money you donate goes to what you care about. I am not saying don't give to charities - as that's not the answer either. But in truth I don't know what the answer is. Do you?