A charity fatcat
It’s difficult to know how to deal with the faux charity problem from the point of view of donating.
We get herded into certain positions. We discover, for example, that only a tiny portion gets to the intended target, that bureaucrats and other middlemen take their cut, that salaries of top execs in this ‘business’ are on the same whack they would be in any other regular job, only in this case, they’re screwing the volunteers who actually do the work and rattle the tins.
In fact, I’d go so far as to say that a charity fatcat is one of the lowest forms of human being because he or she knows exactly how people are getting screwed over for his or her obscene salary.
What stops me though from not giving at all is that I get the distinct impression that that’s precisely what Them are herding us towards – in disgust, refusing to give anything to any charity. And that makes us more meanspirited and that is precisely what Them intend us to be – dog-eat-dog, like them and look after N1.
So part of me refuses to play that game, I still wish to give but just don’t know which are kosher and all the ones which are not. I know some of which are not.
The Red Cross were particularly egregious as it’s not just the fatcats but other employees who also line their pockets, as was seen the other evening.
Here is a range of comments from the public:
I and a friend recently worked at the Oxfam depot in Oxfordshire. The wages of the senior staff are verging on obscene – brand new Mercedes cars, houses costing over half a million etc. When they were sending emergency aid out we were asked to come in on our days off and also unsocial hours, and to regard the extra hours as our ‘donation’ to that particular cause! Quite a number of people have resigned over the years because of the amount of money raised going on admin, wages etc. This isn’t a charity organisation it’s a high powered business.
Just look at the Rememberance Poppy display at the Tower of London. Supposedly for charity, yet only £8 out of every poppy bought for £25 goes to the charities….the rest is swallowed by so called ‘costs’. So, ut of the approximate amount raised of £22,000,000+, only bout £8,000,000 reaches the charities, so who’s pocketing the rest? I stopped giving to charities years ago due to the greedy fat cat culture they’ve adopted. Now, I buy things from charity shops. I get something, they get something. I find that easier to accept, knowing much of my money is still being wasted or used to pay the obscene salaries of those at the top.
I used to be secretary of what is classed as a large charity, i.e. one with income over £25,000 a year. It was (is) a cancer care and research charity. No one received any income on a regular basis and the audit was done for nothing by our local bank manager. I kept the day to day accounts in my lunch hour and the chairman provided the tea and biscuits for meetings. The only real outlay was paper and ink for printing thank you letters – I was allowed use of the computer and printer at work and the hospital paid postage. We were lucky in that we received help from the hospital so the majority of funds were used as intended by donors. You’re better off donating to local charities than the massive ones.
Royal Voluntary Service, ‘together for older people’ Chief Executive pay 1013/14 – basic pay £134,589, 10.5% pension as percentage of pay, other benefits include a car allowance and private health car, Executive Director Operations basic pay £111,650, 10.5 % pension as percentage of pay, other benefits include a car allowance and private health care. The charity sector is now the new public sector with salaries entirely out of kilter with its charitable aims Think about this next time you are one of its 40,000 unpaid volunteers.
I know this – I’m not donating to a ‘charity’ again where there is a boss over £100k and volunteers getting nothing. As for what that leaves me to contribute to, I don’t know.