Originally Posted by Therapy
To all who donate to any charity.
Beware of where your dollars go.
Unfortunately this is very sage advice, and people should be extra vigilant with charities these days.
Most do far more harm than good, and an unfortunate percentage, are preoccupied with exploiting the old and vulnerable, to extract as much cash as they can to support massive personal wages and expense accounts.
I really woke up to this when my late uncle, a Dr of Tropical Diseases, who had spent a lot of his life running research
and treatment clinics in many parts
of the World, instructed me that under no circumstances whatsoever, was I ever to donate anything to a foreign aid organisation, because of the acute damage they were doing everywhere they went in the Third World.
So I stick with donations to SSAFA and RBL (plus donations to the local Royal Marines Cadets when they have a project
going), which are both veterans organisations over here (a close friend was very active with SSAFA when it started, and my father was Chairman of the local RBL branch for a very long time), and the RNLI (a volunteer outfit like the USCG, and I know a lot of the local volunteers and helpers, who are great people). Also, I only donate to the RBL local branch, which will use the money
locally, as there are now serious doubts about those occupying RBL HQ (this was why SSAFA got started).
Inspect the books
, see where the money
actually goes, before you hand over any money.
PS Another eye opener, was a local pensioner who had to go to a Residential Care Home for a while. A friend and myself went to her house to make sure it was aired, cleaned, and ready to have some supplies for when she came home. You would not believe the amount of heart pulling begging letters from so called 'Charities' that had come through her letterbox while she was away. I filled FIVE rubbish bags with them! She had been away a bit over a month.