Giving to Charity  

Peche85 31F
828 posts
7/21/2006 6:54 pm

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7/24/2006 4:22 pm

Giving to Charity

Now I'm a poor student, so I don't exactly have excess money to be giving to charities. I did choose to have an extra $1 a month on our phone bill which goes towards oncology research though. That isn't much, but if everyone with a phone bill does that, they will receive quite a bit of money.

I also always empty all my coins into the money bins for Guide Dogs etc (you know the ones, they give you a sticker to wear when you donate money lol) and I always buy a poppy for ANZAC day.

But what really pisses me off about charities is what they spend the money on. I have seen lots of ads in the newspaper looking for workers for Greenpeace. You know those annoying people who hang around the street and pounce on you, asking to join Greenpeace? They get paid $15 an hour. It was in the ad! So, say you pay $1 a day for greenpeace. 15 days of your money go to just one hours pay for the person who signed you up. And its not as if there is only one person. They are everywhere, trying to get people to sign up. So I will never donate my money to Greenpeace, to pay the wages of someone who probably doesn't even care about what Greenpeace stands for. If they did, they would be volunteering.

Another charity that I get annoyed with is World Vision. A couple of times a year, they do promotions saying "2000 people need sponsorship before the end of July". Which is fair enough. But the ads are on TV at least once, usually twice, during each ad break. And when I channel surf to escape it, it is on all the other channels at the same time. So where is your $1 a day going? To the people who really need it, or to pay for their TV ads? I thought maybe the TV networks are running them for free. But I doubt it at the rate they are playing them, and not just during the day, they are on during popular programs too.

I do know that there are some charities out there who give all, or most of, their donations to the people that need it.

So if you are going to donate money to charity, it might pay to find out what your money is actually going to be used for first.

vrec_dawn 39M

7/22/2006 8:44 am

Yeah, it's always good to research your charities to find out how much of their money is spent on overhead. Sometimes you'd be amazed (or disgusted). Plus, I always like to support local things, like food pantries and such. To me charity begins at home. I'll worry about saving the opposite side of the planet once I see things are all straight in my home town and then home country first.

chasingfun27 38M
1108 posts
7/22/2006 8:48 pm

I did the $1 phone bill donation too.

I think that the advertising is a large part of running a successful charity; a public profile is needed, as are efficient managers. How good most charities are at keeping everything in balance is the big question.

Man4U2555 40M
17 posts
7/24/2006 5:19 am

Hi Peche,
You will find also that charity organisations such as world vision take a huge ammount of money from what is donated as "administration fees". It's something like only 1/3 of which is given will actually reach those in need! Talk about a scam!

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