There are a lot of charities about. Name a subject area and there will be at least one charity, which is delivering some sort of response to it. Having said that I’ve not heard on a charity, which supports bloggers. I suspect that there may be one somewhere though. I’d like to sign up with the blogger charity and receive care and support for my blogging activities.
There are plenty of opportunities to donate. Lots of people with collecting cans. Charity shops. TV and radio appeals and disaster appeals.
I was wondering if some of these charities actually promote a culture of dependency? The charities exist to do good work and employ people to deliver said good work and on that basis they have to find the money to pay them. They do this by finding funding which fits with their target area of operations. Does that mean they become rent seeking to a degree?
If you consider the giant charities they tend to work in areas such as cancer research, homelessness, Africa and the environment. In many cases they have been doing this for 50 years or more and they suggest that progress has been definitely been made. Less people die from cancer so they must have had an effect? Perhaps they have. How easy is it to actually define what effect has been attributable to the cancer research charities activities?
Are the problems in Africa so severe, complex and impenetrable that significant steps haven’t been possible in at least 50 years? People there still go to bed hungry, don’t have electricity and the infant mortality rate is still truly appalling. They are probably much better than ever but they are still a million miles away from where they should be.
Perhaps the model for charities is just plain wrong. Yes I know that they’re do fabulous work but where is the incentive for any of us to complete a task on the basis that we will make ourselves unemployed or even worse make our workmates and friends unemployed as well? If you are self-employed you live with that all the time and you manage by winning more business in a competitive marketplace. If you work for a charity you are constantly chasing the next big grant or donation.
Another question is how many charities close each year because they have overcome the problems, which have previously threatened their clients? There must be charities, which have closed for the best of reasons – they have completed the job. It’s done. Finished. Or perhaps they morph into new charities, which use the experience and skills they have build up over the years?
There is another question about charities, which I am intrigued by. To what extent do they exploit their staff? Now don’t get all the shocked and indignant. Is it not part and parcel of the work that you go the extra mile to do more good, to help the unfortunates or speed up the necessary cure? People don’t generally gain employment with a charity on the basis of a significant salary paid at a rate well above the going rate for that they do. No. They do the work because they feel it is their calling and they will do the best job possible and describe their work to friends and relatives as being “rewarding”. Supermarkets, the government, the local council don’t accept “rewarding”
The charity sector is huge now, both as an employer and from a money employed point of view. It’s an industry. I return to my original question then. Do charities promote a culture of dependency or do they feed their own need to survive? Are the two one and the same?
There are more questions that answers.