Do Charities Get All The Donations

@wolfie34 (26793)
United Kingdom
January 13, 2007 5:50pm CST
It often worries me especially with charities putting adverts on television about donating to their particular charity, be it animals, children, you know the ones give so much a month. But how do you know that your donation/gift all goes to the charity? Where does the money come from to pay for the ads on tv and for sending out junk mail? It has to come from somewhere and it's not cheap either. So how can you be sure if your cash goes directly to the people or animals it is trying to support and not through advertising?
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30 responses
• Canada
14 Jan 07
I think it's a good idea, if you are a person who gives or plans to give a fair amount of money to charity, to look into some of the organizations that rate charities. wolfie34, I can see from your profile that you're in the UK, and I'm in Canada, but the examples I'm going to give are US-based. I'm sure these exist in every country though... "Give.org is the web site for the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance (the Alliance) helps donors make informed giving decisions and advances high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public. " .... quoted from their website - http://www.give.org "The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP) is a nationally prominent charity watchdog service whose purpose is to help donors make informed giving decisions." .... quoted from their website - http://www.charitywatch.org I truly believe in making informed decisions. It's easy to get swept up in the emotional issues of any worthwhile cause... but I also want to be sure that my money will help in the way I've been led to believe it will.
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@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Hi friend, I dont think so because I have heard that it is only 10 percent which actualy goes to help. If you donate its better to give to a non profit charity. Do you think so, or am I wrong?
@nangel78 (1458)
• United States
14 Jan 07
I have heard non profits are the way to go. I think those are great charities to donate to. I work for a non profit as well and I prefer the practice to a corporation.
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@rosebug23 (1909)
• Australia
15 Jan 07
Which non profit charity do you work for
• United States
14 Jan 07
I know that our ( where i live ) local charities do NOT get there donations.. I have seen the people hosting a toys for tots drive picking things out for themselves and replacing with $ tree toys.. same with the salvation army's angel tree I have seen the "needy" people pulling up their navigators to receive the toys for their " needy kids" and it really irks me..
@Adversa (408)
• Australia
14 Jan 07
Personally, I give to a charity that doesnt give money out. I choose to donate to the Royal Flying Doctor Service because I know they provide a vital service. All oif the donations recieved go into overheads and wages etc, but the people there paying are saving lives, not doing office work. As far as the other charities go I agree that they need watching, some certainatly need watching. I would much rather give my time then my money anyday, so I am happy to help places like tha Salvation Army or Saint Vincent De Paul (not collecting donations though)
@pittan (156)
• United Kingdom
14 Jan 07
Good question but who is checking or who knows? Are charity sites regulated?
• India
14 Jan 07
Even i think tht there charitable trusts do not get all the money tht we put on.. most of it is distributed in between only.. Corruption is a very big problem... During floods n earthquake so many charities r there but there r no inf bout how much is actually reached to them.. Nobody knows wat happened afterwards
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@mariam74 (555)
• Egypt
14 Jan 07
I'm not sure from this for this reason I always try to find people who are in really need for money and give to them by hand or try to help them by giving them clothes or blankets for example for the S.O.S. or to churches but to put money in charities no because I think they may take money for themself.
@anne_143god (5390)
• Philippines
14 Jan 07
I think most of the people who manage the charity has a good reputation that they will really give those money to those people in need and I'm confident that they are doing their job and good purpose.
@sexymuma (1261)
14 Jan 07
of course they do not,by the time administration costs have come out they get what is left over,bills have to be paid,x
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@clover779 (699)
• Portugal
14 Jan 07
I once saw in the news that they get about 40% only.
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• United States
14 Jan 07
yea where else could the donation go
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• United States
14 Jan 07
usually you can get information on exactly how much goes to the actual cause. some charites all that they get from those drives does go to the charity and they have other ways to raise their operating expenses. Thomas Kvamme
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@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
14 Jan 07
When you are dealing with charities you need to check them out good and carefull. Some charities are not even charities. They have places online to check them out. The Redcross has been around for years and they don't give 100% of the donations to where they say they are. When you donate to them you need to be specific about where you want the money to go. This is just one problem with charities. I like to give to charities that I know. I like the firefighters because I know they do a lot of good in my area. I also like to deal with my American Legion because I am a member and can see the books to know exactly where the money is going. I guess the workers of these charities need to get paid but some are volunteers.
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
15 Jan 07
Thanks for your response.
@serene2 (279)
• New Zealand
14 Jan 07
When I found out that those who volunteer to help in fund raising get paid a percentage, it put me off donating. Most of the money goes to the people who volunteer to do it.
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@arunk7319 (1282)
• India
14 Jan 07
Yes it happens in most of the countries and we loose hope in such cases. In India too it happens in almost all the states, we can find lot of issues happening in the news papers. It is very hard to find the genuine charity organization.
@rosebug23 (1909)
• Australia
15 Jan 07
I myself would only give to non profit organisations,i am currently president of a club that belongs to a world wide non profit organisation. We pay dues that covers all the admin in our district,we also pay international dues that covers all the admin. at head office in the US. We meet each week and pay meeting fees which covers club expenses. They amounts are not large but we know that every cent we raise goes to a charity or to build schools ,hospitals,drill for water,also many members volunteer their time for overseas projects. I do not give to any charity as i work fund raising and we decide at each club where we want to spend the money. each club is audited each year so we have to keep everything above board. I think instead of giving money we should think of joining a non profit service club or similar as they all definitely need the help to make this world a better place for others. .
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• United States
15 Jan 07
Sad to say, but I don't think you can be sure. It's a trust issue, so the only thing I can think of is to check out the company prior to donating.
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• United States
14 Jan 07
I always ask a charity what% goes to the cause and what % goes to overhead, the legit charity's will have no problem telling you and they usually give 100% to the cause or 80%.
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• Nigeria
14 Jan 07
Consider donating to Amnesty International. It's a worldwide organization that protects and defends human rights around the world. I've been a longtime Amnesty supporter and activist - and I recommend donating to Amnesty because it is VERY effective! For recent Amnesty success stories - go to http://www.amnestyusa.org/success/index....
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@gbspew (455)
• Bulgaria
14 Jan 07
Of course foundations get a percentage of the collected funds. They can't work without a profit.
@arlerambabu (1080)
• India
14 Jan 07
Most of the so called charities are frauds. The money thus collected finds way into the pockets of the hoodlums. In India,where lot of spiritual gullibility is there,these donation activities are rampant.That's why I never part with any money to any sort of Charities. I know there are genuine organizations.well I can't help.
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