Arts & Humanities

Are there too many charities?

Arts & Humanities

Posted by: Gerry

11th Dec 2019 02:43pm

There are 56,000 charities OMG in Australia there are approximately 56,000 registered charities. They make up a diverse sector working across Australia and internationally in a broad range of areas, including health, education, social welfare, religion, culture, human rights, the environment and animal welfare.

JUST IMAGINE HOW MANY BILLIONS ARE WASTED IN OVERHEADS?

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Laura32002936
  • 6th Mar 2021 03:30pm

Although each charity advocates for many various things they all end up under similar umbrella areas in the end. I believe donation should be made to echo one of these 8 (or so) separate target charities and then distributed to each smaller charity and cause at the end of a financial year. Allowing the reduction of overheads.

mustang6000
mustang6000
  • 24th Nov 2020 07:11pm

I have been advocating for years that organisations with similar aims, i.e. cancers, heart, children etc, should have to combine under one charity type umbrella organisation and share overheads. The salaries, commissions and fees being paid from donations is ridiculous and they should not be seen as profit making ventures.

The best example I have heard of are the 'charity' clothing bins you find everywhere, I believe that only 10-15% of any funds raised goes to aid and the rest is taken by overheads or creamed off the top.

Unfortunately this is just a pipe dream as there would never be agreement between fund raising profit based organisations and true charities.

sharon
sharon
  • 13th Nov 2020 11:14am

Too many charities with staff taking big shares of the donated money. My question is how much of the donated money actually goes to who/what it was intended for?

JordanGiov
JordanGiov
  • 9th Feb 2020 01:05pm

I can understand your point of view. But sometimes it's positive to look at things from and environmental and social standpoint. Charities pose a great foundation for the act of giving around the nation. Without them Australia would probably be worse off than better. A great example to reflect upon is the most recent bushfire issues. This not only raised an abundance of money for a common cause, but also brought the nation together.

Fatimah31965568
Fatimah31965568
  • 5th Feb 2020 01:33pm

This large number of charitable organisations is increasing at a rapid rate of 4% per annum, overtaking population and business formation growth, reasonably raising question as to whether further regulations should be put in place controlling the assembly of charities. However, the number of charities and non-for profit organisations are not limited by the government, because these are key pillars upholding our right to freedom of association. Unfortunately, the most effective way to reduce the number of charities would be through legal regulations that limit the charities we can support or donate to, and in doing so, the government would be stripping away a foundational right of any civil society.

chocogirl
chocogirl
  • 30th Jan 2020 11:15pm

A real waste of money in overheads, big fat wages for the CEO. Too many focussing on the same thing.

Gerry
Gerry
  • 31st Jan 2020 11:49am
A real waste of money in overheads, big fat wages for the CEO. Too many focussing on the same thing.

Australia spends $4.044 billion dollars on overseas aid – that's just 0.21% of our gross national income, or 21 cents in every $100. Local humanitarian organisations just waste too much paying door knockers $80 or more to sign up each Direct Debit customer .

jtmorri
jtmorri
  • 7th Jan 2020 07:16pm

Charities/NGO's, yes I agree there are too many doing the same work. It occurs in every sector where they each have their own mission and own "pet project" or way of going about things. I don't understand why they can't amalgamate toward a common goal and like you say lower overheads. It would mean more money going where it is needed. Too many cooks with their hands in the pot.

Gerry
Gerry
  • 31st Jan 2020 11:49am
Charities/NGO's, yes I agree there are too many doing the same work. It occurs in every sector where they each have their own mission and own "pet project" or way of going about things. I don't...

Australia spends $4.044 billion dollars on overseas aid – that's just 0.21% of our gross national income, or 21 cents in every $100. Local humanitarian organisations just waste too much paying door knockers $80 or more to sign up each Direct Debit customer .

no name
  • 23rd Dec 2019 02:10pm

Interesting numbers. Each charity has a CEO and administrative staff on very generous salaries, all funded from donations. We had a family discussion about this some years ago and selected a charity with a fairly flat structure and donate a good sum every March. The only other people we donate to are the Salvation Army if we're approached by them. Replicating each service is a waste of donated money.

Gerry
Gerry
  • 23rd Dec 2019 02:51pm
Interesting numbers. Each charity has a CEO and administrative staff on very generous salaries, all funded from donations. We had a family discussion about this some years ago and selected a...

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