Where is your donation going?

Running a charity as you all know costs money, as I have written about before.

The annual costs seem to increase every year, and with so many charities having had funding cut or stopped it has become a competitive market, with charity after charity sending requests for money.

Just a word of caution.

I receive daily notifications from the charity commission of charities that are under investigation, so please really check out any charity to make sure you know where your donation is going.

There are some awful stories out there, so be careful.

I would also be wary of those who set themselves up as ‘experts’.

With the enormous increase of estranged and alienation groups emerging coming with the ‘expert’ label, do your homework before parting with your hard earned cash.

Many state that they have experts in alienation, experts in physical and mental health, experts on the law, when they don’t.

Also think about groups who say they have lawyers who are there to give advice, it is not by any means always free advice. Grandparents who are thinking about possibly going down the legal route all in one place, is to tempting for unscrupulous law firms.

Parents and grandparents who are going through this ordeal are very vulnerable, they are desperately looking for help and so they will latch on to anyone they think will help.

All charities must be transparent.

If in any doubt ask them to give you a proper breakdown of their expenses, ask pertinent questions.

We know even the very large well established charities sometimes fall short as far as where donations go, but with small groups it is essential that you know exactly where funding is going.

If you feel confident with a charity you supporting then of course give them help, many charities can not survive without voluntary donations.

Giving to a charity that is of a specific interest or help to you is a great thing to do, it helps them and it makes you feel good, so it is a win,win situation.

So do your homework, ask those questions and ask to see accounts.

 

 

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Jane setup Bristol Grandparent Support Group in 2007 after a string of incidents led to the loss of contact with her Grand Daughter.

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