Charities, which do you support

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  1. RanC

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    Hi, With newspaper article this week stating that the 'Poppy Day Appeal 2015' raised some £53 million. But £46 million was spent on wages. I thought that most of the monies went to aiding vets.
    Then the line that the Association for Guide Dogs for the Blind, actually only spends the interest each year on their £100 plus million bank deposit. Or that Oxfams overheads are at 85% of income.

    When is a charity worthy, or when is it just another business that donates some of it's income away.

    Lastly I was really appaled to learn that when Haiti had the catastrophic Hurricanes and floods, that several billion from around the world was donated to various charities. But years on, not a single school or hospital has been built.That charity teams are working out of grand hotels driving new 4 x 4's and looking after on a daily basis several families, similar to what a social worker does in the UK.
    Little wonder that you can go to Uni and get a degree in charity work and make it a career, leading to 6 figure salaries.

    So, I now only give to locally run charities where there are no CEO's and visible accountability.
     
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    I agree I only donate to local charities,gave up helping some years ago when I saw how the upper echelon spent the money ..i.e. Approx 85% on administration and wages. No doubt about it is big business taking hard earned money off those that give in good faith. Oxxxm for one should be investigated and their books shown to the public ...rant over will go back and sit in the sun again..
     
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    This list is a bit old, but it gives an idea as to how much the boss earns

    Consumers’ Association £300k-£310k
    Marie Stopes International £260k-£270k
    Save the Children International £261,309
    Cancer Research UK £210k-£220k
    British Red Cross Society £180k-£190k
    Age UK £180k-£190k
    Shaw Trust £180k-£190k
    National Trust £170k-£180k
    Royal Mencap Society £170k-£180k
    Crime Reduction Initiatives £170k-£180k
    Alternative Futures Group £170k-£180k
    British Heart Foundation £173,300
    Leonard Cheshire Disability £160k-£170k
    Macmillan Cancer Support £160k-£170k
    Marie Curie Cancer Care £160k-£170k
    NSPCC £160k-£170k
    Addaction £160k-£170k
    Turning Point £165,000
    Save the Children £162,220
    Charities Aid Foundation £150k-£160k
    Barnardo’s £150k-£160k
    People’s Dispensary For Sick Animals £150k-£160k
    Sense, The National Deaf blind and Rubella Association £150k-£160k
    Royal Horticultural Society £150k-£160k
    Zoological Society of London £150k-£160k
    Historic Royal Palaces £151,037
    Action for Children £140k-£150k
    Salvation Army £140k-£150k
    National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux £140k-£150k
    Royal National Lifeboat Institution £130k-£140k
    Royal British Legion £130k-£140k
    Royal National Institute of Blind People £130k-£140k
    Scope £130k-£140k
    National Autistic Society £130k-£140k
    St John Ambulance £130k-£140k
    Alzheimer’s Society £130k-£140k
    United Response £120k-£130k
    Dogs Trust £120k-£130k
    Voluntary Service Overseas £120k-£130k
    National Schizophrenia Fellowship £120k-£130k
    Catch22 £120k-£130k
     
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    RNLI and the Sally Ann, also a few bob to the Cornwall Air Ambulance

    Used to support Help For Heros then found out the "boss" was dragging over £200k, his misses had her hand in the till so did a BiL
     
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    Yes I was disgusted when I found out about this and only ever give to our local hospice now, not a penny to any national ones.
    I think the worst one is the RNLI, the guys on the boats risk their lives every time they go out and there's fat cats taking a fortune out of it.
     
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    So if you are really really bottom of the pile, going out rattling a tin, the get a measly £120,000. What we need is a charity for impoverished charity CEOs.
     
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    Give the guy a break, £130K, he's on the breadline, he couldn't even afford to come to a FUN meet.
     
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    Just looking at the legion's accounts. Last year they raised 141 million. The total cost of raising that money (including wages) was £34m. Its a massive organisation with a lot happening so it sounds like a pretty reasonable ratio to me.
     
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    I'm sure The RNLI boss earns every penny. The way the service is positioned in the public eye, the way donations are sought, collected and used to best effect is no mean feat. The service is absolutely superb. David Brent would do it for less. But would we get the service.
     
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    What puzzles me is RNLI and Air Ambulance are charities. I would have thought any decent country would consider these to be basic minima for it's citizens.

    And that applies to many other charities, like the armed forces one, we send them out to get shot up and then dump them !!!!
     
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    I've often thought the same. But thankfully they are not. Anyway if they were they'd already have gone the way of Gas and Rail :)
     
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    What really brasses me off over and above those with fat cat CEOs is the number of dodgy businesses posing as charities. For example, private residential care homes, private hospitals, housing associations, etc.

    The WRVS (now the Royal Voluntary Service or RVS) are one of the most conspicuous in hospitals etc, yet one of the least supported.

    For myself, I support several charities that resonate with my own life (and that of others close to me), including Cancer Research UK, RNIB, Macmillan Nurses and a local hospice. RVS have just been added. However, I do so as anonymously as possible, I hate being canvassed with pleading letters all the time
     
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    I agree if the true monetary cost of war was known, ie after care for the wounded it would not be so easy to sell the idea of going around the world fighting wars to the British public .
     
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    When back in England the only one we support is the local Search and Rescue who I believe are squeeky clean----- unless someone knows different
     
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    Reading the above list it just justifies why I don't support any charity.
    For years some of my work involved working with various charities and seeing how much they wasted and the grand buildings and offices they occupied made me vow never to subscribe or donate to any of them.
     
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    I think the British public were 99.9% against Iraq and Afghanistan, a lot of good that did.

    Let's face it, we plebs have been brainwashed into accepting war for hundreds of years. At least in the internet age it's harder to sell tails of The Hun eating babies they capture. I don't think many of us believed in "weapons of mass destruction".
     
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    Adjusted to reflect my own view, about as credible as Corbyn's claim to be unable to find a seat on that train
     
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    North Yorkshire Air Ambulance for me.
     
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    Strong believer in the term Charity begins at Home,























    So I just give everything to my wife :LOL::LOL:
     
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    On a regular basis East Anglia Air Ambulance, The Donkey Sanctuary, MacMillan and less frequently various Just Giving efforts that catch my eye, particularly on Fun.
     
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