beaverlodge wrote:They can expect a flood of money now.
I assume you mean because of the abolition of capital gains taxes on donated securities. It might make a difference but I have to say that I had a devil of a time under the old regime explaining to investors why it was crazy to make donations in cash if a charity could accept securities. I can't imagine it will get that much easier.
a growing bureaucratic industry full of well paid executives and staff with increasing little concern for those with real needs?
You always have to be careful.
A few months ago, I started noticing ads - mostly on BBC Canada I think - asking for donations for the Leprosy Mission. They're a registered charity, in business for a long time. The ads show a cute girl - in India by the looks of it - who needs treatment for leprosy. To make the point, they show an old woman who has a malformed nose and lost many fingers. The message is clear: Don't let this cute little girl turn into that old crone.
The Leprosy Mission wants $350 to keep the girl healthy. That sure sounds plausible, doesn't it? Here's the kicker. If you look up leprosy treatments on the Web, it turns out that it's a course of pills over a period of 6-12 months. The pills cost about $50, not $350. That $50 is covered by an existing WHO program, i.e. the UN has sufficient funds to cure every single case of leprosy in the world, at no cost to the patient
So what exactly is the Leprosy Mission spending that $350 on? (It's not just $350 either. According to CRA, they collected and spent $4.7MM in 2004.) They did spend half a million on advertising and $800k on salaries and $275k on consultants and of course the all important $2.8MM on other, but I am dead certain that they spent $0 on pills to combat leprosy.