The Old World of Charity
When the world is being confronted with natural disasters [although lately most are not so natural anymore (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)], crisis situations or military conflicts many people want to help by donating money to a cause. Preferably they do so through well-known organizations because the small or unknown organizations might not have the best interest with the funds, so they believe. Well, unfortunately many of the very big organizations, the ones that spend millions on advertising every year, aren’t good examples when it comes to good management of donated funds.
Below are some interesting links to information that will help us understand just how much of the donated funds to the “famous” charities and organizations is actually being used to help victims.
So “how well” is the money distributed? Lets take a look at this event:
Haiti Earthquake 2010
- “…One cent of every dollar has gone to the Haitian government…..” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/05/haiti-relief-money-critic_n_487976.html)
- “…thirty three cents of each of these US dollars for Haiti was actually given directly back to the US to reimburse ourselves for sending in our military. Forty two cents of each dollar went to private and public non-governmental organizations like Save the Children, the UN World Food Program and the Pan American Health Organization. Hardly any went directly to Haitians or their government. The overall $1.6 billion allocated for relief by the US was spent much the same way according to an August 2010 report by the US Congressional Research Office: $655 million was reimbursed to the Department of Defense; $220 million to Department of Health and Human Services to provide grants to individual US states to cover services for Haitian evacuees; $350 million to USAID disaster assistance; $150 million to the US Department of Agriculture for emergency food assistance; $15 million to the Department of Homeland Security for immigration fees, and so on.” (http://www.haitisupportgroup.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=564:where-the-relief-money-did-and-did-not-go-haiti-after-the-quake&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=141)
Also good to know about this event:
- “A Haiti Disaster Relief Scenario Was Envisaged by the US Military One Day Before the Earthquake” http://www.infowars.com/a-haiti-disaster-relief-scenario-was-envisaged-by-the-us-military-one-day-before-the-earthquake/
- “Paramilitary Gangs Join UN Force in Preying on Haitian Population” http://www.infowars.com/paramilitary-gangs-join-un-force-in-preying-on-haitian-population/
So how about other organizations and campaigns?
1. The Fat Cats of Foreign Aid (17 September 2012)
– Nearly UK £ 500 (= € 579 = US $ 773) MILLION paid last year through U.K. firms working on Third World programmes
– Some give their directors seven-figure salaries
2. Red Cross America
– The Red Cross, under the Liberty Fund, collected $564 million in donations after 9/11. Months after the event, the Red Cross had distributed only $154 million . The Red Cross’ explanation for keeping the majority of the money was that it would be used to help ‘fight the war on terror‘.
3. Bono’s ONE Foundation Under Fire for Giving Little over 1% of Funds to Charity (September 24, 2010)
– The non-profit organisation set up by the U2 frontman received almost £ 9.6 (= € 11.12 = US $ 14.84) MILLION in donations in 2008 but handed out only £118,000 to good causes (1.2 per cent).
– The figures published by the New York Post also show that £ 5.1 (= € 5.9 = US $ 7.9) MILLION went towards paying salaries.
4. The WWF’s Vast Pool of Oil Money
– The World Wildlife Fund’s first corporate sponsor was Shell oil – which continued to fund it for the next four decades.
+ more important facts at
5. Greenpeace (Australia) funded by CIA (March 20, 2012)
– Mining magnate Clive Palmer has accused the United States government of funding environmental group Greenpeace via the CIA to undermine Australia’s coal mining sector.
6. Greenpeace-Gate Breaks and the IPCC is Busted
– Greenpeace is a $200-million-euro-per-year machine
7. (Indonesian) Police Investigate Alleged Embezzlement of Greenpeace Donors’ Funds (May 22, 2012)
– …Greenpeace received donation from the community amounting to Rp2.250.000.000 per month or equivalent to Rp27 billion per year ( = € 2,084,572 = US $ 2,782,071). However, in its financial statements in 2009 and 2010 which was published in two leading Indonesian newspapers on Thursday, October 25, 2011, Greenpeace only mentioned to have accepted donation amounting to Rp6.5 billion in 2009, and Rp10.2 billion in 2010.”We are not accusing it because Greenpeace is always transparent. We are only wondering about the Rp17 billion differences. Where are the rest of the donors` funds? Therefore, we are suspicious that Greenpeace has committed a crime of embezzlement and fraud”…
8. Corruption and Financial Fraud of Reforestation Fund Amounts to $ 5.2 Billion in Losses (September 20, 2012)
– Indonesia’s reforestation funds have been fraudulently diverted to support other projects for over a decade, with losses amounting to 5.2 billion. Since its establishment in 1989, $500 million has been dispersed annually to forest companies, which use high discretion to channel money to undisclosed subsidiaries. During the 1990s alone over $600 million were used to finance political projects, $190 million went towards state-owned aircraft projects, and many other funds were directly linked to the president’s family.
9. Friends of the Earth & WWF Receive(d) Millions/Billions From EU to Promote AGW (Man Made Global Warming) Scam
10. Let’s Defund the World Wildlife Fund
– Since 2000, the WWF snatched up $97 million in federal grants and other handouts funded by (US) tax dollars, according to the Taxpayers Protection Alliance’s tally.
11. The World Giving Index
12. Forbes Picks 5 All-Star Charities: Top Rankings For Efficient Groups ( 11/08/2012)
Link to their top 100: http://www.forbes.com/top-charities/
13. Charitable Donations Barely Grew Last Year (June 19, 2012)
– “The report estimated that the total donated was $ 298.4 billion” (from/by Giving USA, the annual yearbook of American philanthropy)
14. Charity Donations Fall Last Year: China Philanthropy Blue Book (2012-7-16)
– Charity donations collected in major Chinese cities last year declined compared with the year before, latest official data showed, with authorities attributing the drop to the fewer natural disasters over the year. Charity revenue received in 264 cities dropped to around 21.2 billion yuan ($3.32 billion) from 24.2 billion yuan one year earlier
Now, to conclude how much money is not being donated anymore by the people from all over the world, due to mismanagement, fraud and corruption is very hard to calculate.
Because so many scandals are out (and even more have still to break) NGOs, governments and organizations like the UN are finding other ways of creating cash flows for their “projects.” Like glogal warming and global taxes on CO2. This global scheme is intended to raise more than 100 billion US dollars per year (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-06/green-fund-may-use-100-billion-a-year-to-encourage-carbon-price.html)
In the Netherlands there is now a “code” which determines the maximum income for NGO/charity executives:
“The maximum gross income was linked to that of a senior official (political). This may only be paid to board positions of large institutions.“ (http://www.ad.nl/ad/nl/1012/Nederland/article/detail/2912546/2011/09/16/Goede-doelen-zetten-zelf-alle-salarissen-van-directie-online.dhtml)
“The average annual salary of a director, in 2010, was 99.000 euro (converted to a 40-hour week that would make it 103,000 euro). It is the average of 88 organizations that have participated in the Charities Report. The amount is well below VFI’s maximum standard of 158,000 euro.” (http://www.vfi.nl/website/branche-informatie/brancheonderzoek/feiten-en-cijfers/salarissen-directeuren-goede-doelenorganisaties)
Giving your money to the big organizations is no guarantee that your help will reach those whom it was intended for. Putting more trust in small organizations might even be a much better choise to make when you really want to help others. When people are still doubtful then they can always go out and be active themselves and start their own projects and causes.