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  • Gerry
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    2nd Jul 2011 07:34pm

    Last Post 14th Sep 2015
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    Too many charities, not enough regulation by the government. 90 cents goes to the charity coffers an 10 cents goes to the charity if it is lucky. Reply

  • PGS
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    8th Jul 2011 04:51pm

    PGS says: Quite inclined to agree with you - which is part of why I refuse them.
    I can do more good for a community by going to stay a few weeks & spending what I can locally, rather than providing funds for some CEO to get a hefty bonus from.

  • Raksha
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    9th Jul 2011 09:51am

    Raksha says: I agree Gerry, that a lot of charities have become so large that they are top heavy with management, all on full wages.
    What is needed is more volunteers. I volunteer for a couple of charities in our local area and find this is a good way of helping without giving money.
    One group that I will always donate to though is Doctors without Borders. I feel that they are one charity that helps many unfortunate people throughout the world.

  • ashman001
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    12th Jul 2011 03:54pm

    ashman001 says: And charities that have the Charity Direct logo which is meant to be a sign of ethical fundfraising is a load of croc, as I was a paid collector by one of these charities for a short time and very litte at all went to who they were fundraising for.

  • RainbowSpirit
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    31st Aug 2011 01:03am

    RainbowSpirit says: Wow, I did not realise that charities don't get a great deal and if this is the case, it is very sad and disturbing to hear. No wonder you get the same ones fundraising every year.............. and you are left wondering.................., why?

  • daisy
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    1st Sep 2011 12:37am

    daisy says: iworktia crowdta voluntryorginis sation in tasmania and where i do volunteer workor a dementia crowd in Tasmania they arey goes where it should gd there mone agood orginasationano helping and supporting people with the illness that they least there money goes where its suppose to .and they use thefunds accordially.why cantcharity other orginise d cbd not frightened of spending money when need b e.cod ringing or d rining and annme other orginsations give when oying people for money they havent gotthere is aneed ain other charties but when paying money out for what ever reason they buck big time .Robyn B

  • ezzlm
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    1st Sep 2011 09:44am

    ezzlm says: i hate this set up, id always rather preform an act of charity then donate money, but sometimes there isn't much you can do yourself and you still know that these people still need you. i always try to look into any charity im thinking of donating to

  • mermaid
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    5th Oct 2011 12:42pm

    mermaid says: This topic is similar to one i posted some time ago, completely concur with Gerry's view. i will also add, am not on a religion bashing exercise I see it as it truly is....religious organistaions preying on the less fortunate to boost their income that's the harsh reality of not for profit organisations under the banner of religion sectors.

    The one charity i donated for eons to and volunteered at namely St Vincent de Pauls not only have a high ratio of unpaid volunteers to claim, they own real estate in a wealthy suburbs, fleets of cars, a high paid CEO, committee members, accountants, and low paid store managers.

    Do the math on the number of volunteers in Victoria alone times that by the lowest hourly rate $10 and lets not forget the mini volunteers age commences at 4 years of age how low can any business go while claims of supporting those less fortunate than ourselves.
    Connect the dots, the most wealthiest schools are owned by the catholic church, along with fleets of current cars, real estate and businesses worldwide and we're not just talking St Vincents. It is like a disease greed begets greed hardly an act of faith, share a thought though for the millions of people who donate and volunteer their time the only reward n recognition they receive a piece of paper with their name on it from time to time or a Xmas lunch oh and let's not forget a titled name badge is to be available on days others are not. I've experienced this of many volunteers and regardless of what responses I receive am of the view the more people who take their children out of privately owned schooling by these greedy sectors the more funding education programs will receive.

    Whilst I appreciate religion forms a way of life for many false representation leads to disharmony for genuine people who give their time for those truly in need.

    I hope to see the day when the government wake up and enforce real regulations of transparency when it comes to not for profit organisations run by every religious sector in Australia. I don't hold my breath on as I may be the one needing the rescue of their profit margin missions.

  • keith
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    26th Oct 2011 12:38pm

    keith says: It's difficult for me to support government regulation of charities, as government is not a notably good regulator, but the charities sector seems to deserve greater regulation. The Courier Mail of 24 October reported that the amount spent on administration by various charities ranged from 62% in the case of Surf Lifesaving down to 2% in the case of Diabeteds Australia. It is possible that these percentages are misleading because they are not generated on a common basis but the size of the disparity suggests that further enquiry is needed. Charities need to be both efficient and effective. That is, in part, determined by particular achievements or outcomes but, at first sight, I would be reluctant to donate funds to a charity where more is spent on administration than on achieving charitable objectives. Unless deeply committed to a particular charitable purpose, it seems reasonable to donate money to worthy causes that, in fact, commit most of their funding to achieving their stated purposes.

  • gadgetgeek
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    26th Oct 2011 11:15pm

    gadgetgeek says: Australian corporates need to give more to a wider range of charities.

  • gadgetgeek
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    26th Oct 2011 11:15pm

    gadgetgeek says: Australian corporates need to give more to a wider range of charities.

  • gadgetgeek
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    26th Oct 2011 11:17pm

    gadgetgeek says: I hate how in Australia we are constantly harrassed on the streets, on our phones on our tba by a multitude of charities. I give to charity but I find it intrusive and in poor taste and impinging on people's lives

  • Kiwigal
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    14th Sep 2015 01:41pm

    Kiwigal says: I agree with this and my research has been astounding and disappointing!! So I started my own Charity. I am fully responsible for keeping a Preschool in a Guatemalan Orphanage and I promise my supporters that every cent donated gets to the children. I have been running this for 3 years now and it's the most rewarding thing I've ever done after my own family.

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