My last post was a bit of a shock, because you guys expected me to talk about this topic, and instead I decided to talk about something else. SO I thought I’d make it up to you guys, and finally talk about the topic you all voted for.
We all love helping others (I hope!), and we all want to make a difference in this world one way or another. A lot of us help through money; that is, we donate to charity organisations who support low-economic countries, such as Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Syria, Palestine, and unfortunately the list goes on. We all have kind hearts, and we think when it comes to issues like these, no one takes advantage of us, at least they shouldn’t. However, we sometimes are very oblivious to the organisations that we donate to. We don’t do as much research as we should be doing. A lot of charities take most of the money donated and use it for admin, and a very small amount ends up going to the people in underdeveloped countries, cancer research, kids with threatening conditions, and so on.
I’m going to split this into four sections: Marketing methods charities use to make you donate to them, Where is your money going?, Charities you shouldn’t donate to, and What charities you should donate to.
- Marketing methods charities use to make you donate to them-
– Poverty Porn: When you’re walking around the shopping centre, you’re bound to pass by a pop up charity stand, with massive pictures plastered of children with sad faces, or half naked children, children drinking from dirty water, children with their hand out, and so on. I like to call it poverty porn. These workers try to make by-passers guilty for not donating, by feeding them with “look at this kid, don’t you feel sorry for him”. I personally believe that is just a marketing strategy aimed to pressurise people to donate, which defeats the whole point of charity.
– Charity Dinners and Balls: These are probably the most ineffective way of donating, and organisations deliberately hold these events a lot, because they know people want to come dressed all nice, have good food, while feeling like they’re helping. Honestly you’re not, and you’re wasting your own money. The speakers, the entertainment, venue and catering have already taken half of your ticket price. According to Choice, in the 2005 ‘Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia for Medical Research’ fundraising dinner, only 8% of the proceeds went to cancer research! Mind you in their fundraising licence application they claim that 60% of their proceeds go towards cancer research….I’ll give you a moment.
- Where is your money going?
– According to James Altucher (this applies to America), every dollar that is given to the American Cancer Society, 21.8 cents goes towards just marketing!
– Let us be more mind blown…According to International Business Times, the charity organisation ‘The Kids Wish Network’, out of the $127.8 billion raised, $110 million has gone to corporate solicitors and $4.8 million to the founder and his consulting firms. Do the math, that means only $3.2 million dollars is left over to grant wishes to children with life-threatening conditions
- Charities you shouldn’t donate to
– Kids Wish Network- I‘ve already explained why!
– Make-A-Wish Foundation Australia– According to the Sunday Morning Herald, this charity raised more than $12.8 million in donations in 2012, and then ended up using $5.2 million for fund-raising, marketing, communications and admin. After that there was only 54c out of a dollar that actually went to granting wishes to these sick children
– World Vision- I’ve always been iffy about World Vision, I’ve had friends that have worked there and told me it is not the best place to donate to. They’re the perfect example of an organisation that uses poverty porn as a marketing tool. In 2010 World Vision sent $271.6 million to its causes around the world, but spent $37.7 million on fundraising. If we were to break it down it would be, 78.8% of funds direct to charity work, 11.5% on fundraising and 9.7% on admin. Which I mean is better than the other two, but still not ideal.
- Charities you should donate to and why
– Against Malaria Foundation- They work to prevent the spread of malaria by distributing long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets to susceptible populations in developing countries. AMF has been active in 36 countries in Africa, Asia and South America, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa. For every $1 spent fighting malaria, Africa’s GDP improves by at least $6.75. AMF has only two full-time staff members, which means 100% of donations received from the public goes to fund the purchase of nets. If you donate just $3, it buys one bednet and protects two people for up to 40 years!
– Possible- Possible is a pioneer in durable health care, which combines the best of private, public, and philanthropic models. Possible provides free and cost-effective health care services to Nepal’s rural poor in partnership with government medical programs. In 2014 alone, the organization treated 56,000 patients–up from 46,000 in 2013. Possible also established six new primary clinics, added 164 community health care workers, crowdfunded 188 referral patients, and agreed on a new $1 million five-year matching agreement with the Nepali government. In 2014, Possible treated over 56,000 patients at an average cost of only $23.00 pp. Possible’s small U.S. operations office is funded by special donors, so 100 percent of general donations go directly to programs and clinics in Nepal.
– Schistosomiasis Control Initiative- SCI operates in 15 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, providing schoolchildren effective and sustainable access to treatments for schistosomiasis (water-born snails) and intestinal worms (hookworm, whipworm, and roundworm). SCI projects to deliver a total of 325 million treatments by 2019. SCI also train teachers and trusted community members to administer the treatments to vulnerable communities. In 2014 alone, SCI facilitated 40 million treatments. SCI projects that its programming will reach 50 million children per year by the end of 2015, and grow to include 60 million children per year by 2017. Your donation will help SCI fund dispensation, training, data collection, and advocacy, since pharmaceutical companies donate most of the deworming medicines, and have committed to provide enough medication to treat up to 100 million children per year–more than double SCI’s treatment scale in 2014.
If you’d like to check out more charity organisations that you should donate to, head to ‘The Life You Can Save’. It shows your organisations that are worth donating to, by providing you with background information, how they work, where your money goes, and a whole heap of thorough research with it. It is also the place where I got all my information from, regarding charity organisations to donate to.
Moral of this post, is basically be careful of who you donate to. Do heaps of research before you donate to prevent your money from going to unnecessary places.
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Check out the video below, it sums up everything I’ve talked about in the most humorous and sarcastic matter!