posted on Jul, 1 2011 @ 10:40 AM
reply to post by chrismarco
I cant agree more, its the same here in Australia, those people collecting in the streets get paid, their employer has to get paid, then the charity
has to take out its 'administrative costs', so whats left for those we actually are donating for, not much as you say.
One thing I also found is, when you do donate to a charity (for me, the Boxing Day tsunami), they must have spent more in mailing me for additional
donations over the next 2 years than I originally gave !
Your idea of giving directly to the places that do the actual caring is good, either give direct or, as I have done, volunteer to help. One thing I
can suggest though is to ring up & see what they actually need, explain your objections to donating through 'official' lines if needed & see what
they want. It may just be a new broom, but if everyone though "I'll give them a broom", well they will have too many & now they have the added
problem of getting rid of the excess. I dont know what its like elsewhere, but there were all sorts of problems in taking cash too, petty legal
issues, so they may not be able to take cash at some places. I drove a bus, & if I'd have taken the $2 'donation' from anyone, then I'd have
needed a special licence etc, it was a matter of one of the other volunteers saying 'oh heres a tin if you wish to contribute'.
Anyhow, as you say, go direct, screw the middle man, they take way too much.