It’s that time at the moment. Advert after advert of pathetic scenes, please give to such-and-such a charity. The thing is, in the UK, there are about a quarter of a million registered charities. Just in the UK.

One or two have a cause we flatly disagree with. Personally, I don’t like fee-paying schools being able to identify as charities, making very little difference to their community but receiving tax breaks nonetheless. But most charities, I’d judge, fall into the “good cause” bucket. A quarter of a million of them.

So, when we decide to donate to charity, how do we decide?

We can’t just give it evenly, because none of us, personally, has enough money to go around – if we did, everyone would get nothing.

So, yes, charities are good causes. But there has to be something over and above that, which tips the balance and makes us donate. For me, and I guess for most everyone else, it is because the cause touches us personally.

So, that’s where I am this christmas. I’ll give what I usually give, to my usual charity, just like I do every other week of the year. And I won’t feel at all guilty about ignoring those adverts tugging on my heartstrings.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

10 thoughts on “Twang”

  1. Yes I am always worried how much they spend putting real paper letters through our door and in magazines. We don’t want our money spent on paper waste. Local charities that only pop up on community Facebook pages are good.

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    1. Yes, I think we have a right to approve of how the money is spent, if we’re thinking of donating. These days, I donate my time rather than money, and while that’s for a national charity, I am at least 100% sure my donation goes where I want it to – I work directly with clients..

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  2. I hate all those adverts. I can’t watch T.V. Any more, so in a way that is good. But I do remember all of those adverts. You do wonder though, just how much of your money actually goesbto the place it is needed.

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  3. Organized charity is one the ways crooks use to launder money or to further their corruption careers… when in doubt, go to what appeals to your heart… Ads make helping kind of tacky..

    For people like me who do not have thousands to donate… there are far more accessible charitable causes like the local soup kitchen, feeding program for street children, churches, Christmas gifts to orphans, etc…

    It is also best to know what your recipients need, because like in the Philippines, boxes of clothes (relief goods) were found cluttered on the streets of Rizal province days after the the recent super typhoon. Because organizations randomly donate for whichever purpose it serves them. Usually not altruistic hence, having ZERO info what the recipients need most.

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      1. True, time is more valuable at this time… like during the peak of pandemic in Riyadh… too many donations got stuck in the homes of those who were soliciting donations for the distressed Filipino workers… but there is no manpower to send it out… people who donated their time and energy made the distribution happen…

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