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Charity seems to be a pretty good business for some

I'm actively looking for work in the United Kingdom for a while now, and it's quite odd to see, that some people made a business out of charity fundraising. It's absolutely unclear, how these people can pay their fundraising activists 7 pounds an hour or even more, if the money they collect should be used for that particular cause they're supposed to support.

For whatever reason, the number of fundraising firms is growing as we speak, I couldn't check a page on Gumtree without running into one. Sure as it is, some of them are legit, and their activists doesn't work all day, but still I believe that the hourly rate is higher than reasonable, and people should start to think about it.

Don't take me wrong, I do believe that supporting the right cause and being charitable is important, but unless you help someone directly, there's no way to tell if you did the right thing, or just shovel the money out the window.

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LoudMan wrote on September 13, 2014, 6:09 PM

Here in the US, there's nowhere to turn without someone bleating about "Save the narwhals" or something like this and trying to make you feel guilty. And, all-too-often, they're really little more than criminal fronts. I believe in charity, when it's appropriate. But too many parasites pervert the idea into something it should not be.

bestwriter wrote on September 13, 2014, 8:44 PM

I have a Trust and I only give directly and never to an NGO. You have a point. One should not just dole out money not knowing where and to whom it goes There is a racket going on with these NGOs/

allen0187 wrote on September 13, 2014, 11:01 PM

Agree with you. I actually made the mistake of supporting NGOs before. A good part of their funds go to marketing their NGO and paying for overhead expenses instead of actually reaching their intended beneficiaries.