Obviously this happens

Although to what extent I’m not sure:

Big charities such as Oxfam have been accused of campaigning for higher levels of foreign aid because it benefits them and helps them to grow.
Aid has become ‘an important industry’ that ‘feeds’ on greater spending and voluntary organisations skew the debate on the issue because they are ‘contractors and lobbyists’, an expert on international development said.
Jonathan Foreman, senior research fellow at the think-tank Civitas, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that charities were accepting too many contracts from the Department for International Development rather than just relying on cash from individual donors.

Any organisation will suckle at the teat which produces cash for it. And it wouldn’t surprise me at all that some in the charity game insisted on that 0.7% of GDP target because they would get some of it. All of them would be a bit too strong a statement though I feel…..maybe.

9 thoughts on “Obviously this happens”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    All of them would be a bit too strong a statement though I feel…..maybe.

    You know, I have been asking the government to give me billions of years. Purely out of altruism mind you.

    I suspect with the charity sector it is worse than wanting my cash. I think that a lot of them think I do not deserve my cash and they know some people who do. That is much worse.

  2. According to Oxfam’s last annual report it got 45% of its income from the government or other public sector sources so no surprise there.

    It then spent more than a quarter of that income on admin. Some of that includes contributions towards tax bills and school fees for its execs. They also allocate cash via other charities, so there is another layer of admin costs for a portion of the money they spend.

    I’m sure others are as bad, probably worse.

    They can all go fuck themselves with a wire brush.

  3. I’ve probably mentioned this before, but when doing a Humanitarian Logistic module of a logistics course, we had a chappy from Oxfam come to talk to us. In the bar that evening the academic running the module pointed something out to me; after the obligatory presenter’s name and presentation title slide, the first slide of the Oxfam-wallah’s presentation focussed not on the charity’s mission nor any of the good deeds it had done, but on its turnover.

  4. @TomJ

    As a veteran of the third sector, I’m not surprised. One of the lamentable aspects of the last decade or so of change in the non-private sector has been charitable (in the sense of ‘doing good’) has been their behaving more like commercial organisations.

    This has been partly in response to Gershon’s Value for Money report on th NHS Purchasing mob, but it’s also a recognition that their management was commercially illiterate.

    What happened in practice was that the worst bits of commercial practice (selling contact details of donors, stupid reserve management strategy and so on) mated with the worst bits of traditional practice (confusion between tactical and strategic goals, overbearing moralising etc) and a renewed fixation with chiselling cash from central gvt (cos that’s easier than raising money or making savings yourself).

    My guess is that the non-private sector is headed for a massive crash: I’m getting out now and doing something else.

  5. @ MC
    When I was Hon Treasurer of a few small charities years ago, we didn’t have any administrative expenses.

  6. John Square,

    I’m loathed to give to anything but a few small charities now. I just don’t trust them.

    You’re right to get out. Big charities are run on creating a facade. People have ideas about what certain organisations do, often based on some pretty old history. The NSPCC once dragged kids out of abusive homes. Barnardo’s once gave kids a roof over their heads. What do they do now? And not some vague ‘supporting vulnerable children’. What exactly are they doig?

    And I honestly reckon in a decade or so, almost everyone will have swallowed the red pill on them and they’ll be toast.

  7. “The mission of any charitable corporation, regardless of original cause, will eventually become that of any corporation: making money.” – GC

  8. @ John square
    “a renewed fixation with chiselling cash from central gvt (cos that’s easier than raising money or making savings yourself).” Well, *of course* it is easier – raising money is, or at least should be, hard work. The first time I ran a marathon for charity I raised £70 from sponsorship (OK, it would be rather more in 2016 £) which was *less than it cost me to compete* (a pair of trainers, train fare, nice B&B which was also looking after a pair of serious runners). The only time I applied for a grant (about which I was dubious, but the Rector said “give it a try”), the committee metaphorically patted me on the head and granted several £hundred.
    If I didn’t have moral principles, I’ld copy them.

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