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Friday, July 07, 2006

What is it you do again?

The Ramblers Association's Annual Report 2004/5 does not contain the charity's stated purpose (a.k.a. objects). Remarkable. It would be difficult for a donor to lend its support to an organisation when he/she has no idea what it does.

In this case it is not too serious as the report gives comprehensive details of their work, but it remains a glaring omission. We've never come across this before.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

And how many donors can cite the 'objects' of charities they support?
The NSPCC for example? Or Cancer Research UK?
Not many I would think? If a donor wanted this piece of information it would be easy to find, but it is perhaps more likely that a donor is tempted to give towards 'homelessness in Bristol' or building wells in villages in x region'

9:23 am  
Blogger The Intelligent Giving Team said...

Point taken. This is just a curiosity, that's all: the Ramblers is the only charity out of 400 (and counting) that doesn't have its objects in its Annual Report.


1:36 pm  
Anonymous Mark said...

But you're missing a very simple point. Namely that most charities' objects are written in fairly ancient sounding legalese (for which blame lawyers and the Charity Commission, rather than the charities). It's pretty facetious to argue that not knowing a charity's objects leaves you with 'no idea what a charity does'. Which charities have you supported in the past? Has knowledge of the exact wording of their objects formed part of your decision to give? Charities put a mass of other communication material in the public domain which more than adequately explains their mission and their activities. It suits charities and the public who donate to them to use this well-written, well designed material (or simply the power of their brand)rather than start reproducing text written by lawyers for essentially a legal document.

8:57 am  

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