You might have already asked yourself Are there too many charities? You might have seen another one pop up and wonder What process did they go through?
I very often hear people spout off that “there are too many charities”, but they’re usually unable to suggest which ones should go.
- We don’t know how many charities there are, so we can’t say if there’s too many.
- There is certainly unnecessary duplication of ‘office’ space, HR, legal, Direct Debit processing – all the boring stuff.
- There are some localities with duplication of services, and some areas with none. So rather than ‘too many charities’ are they simply in the wrong place?
- To quote GoodCharity.ie: “In Norway there are 16 charities for every 1,000 people; in Scotland there are 4.3; in Wales there are 3; and in Ireland there are 1.8”
- Charities are always formed out of something beautiful: an emotional drive to make the world better, probably because someone has been so profoundly affected by the problem. That’s why I love what we do…but we need some head to go with that heart. There are many questions to ask before you decide to form a charity, but the biggest is “What action will have the greatest impact?”
- I see a lot of ‘charities’ set up purely to fundraise for another well-established charity. This surely isn’t the right move.
- Before a charity’s registration is approved should they have to present some sort of business/fundraising plan? A registered charity is essentially funded by all of us through tax breaks…I don’t want to ‘invest’ in an organisation that doesn’t know what it’s doing.
- As Sandra said on Twitter, there is a huge difference between your democratic right to set up charity and expectation that it be funded by anyone.
- Would you set up a business without knowing where the money is coming from? Would you expect to take any money/profit out of a business for the first 2-3 years?
- I think Mark Pollock said it: Sympathy carries your funding for the first 3 years. And then it dries up – so you need a decent fundraising strategy way before that happens.
- Charities are partly to blame – if people had the confidence that you were amazing then they’d fund you instead of setting up their own thing.
- If you’re naming your new charity after a person then think again.