The Charity Sleuths

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Thursday, July 06, 2006

The wrong kind of donor?

One of our criteria for deciding which charities to review is: do they accept donations from the public? Working this out is not as simple as you might think.

Yesterday I emailed the Wetland Trust to ask them if they accepted donations from the public, as it wasn't clear from their documents. They replied with one line: "Thanks for your inquiry. It would depend on who the donor would be."

Can anyone tell us what that means?

UPDATE: After further enquiries, the Wetland Trust has informed me that they will only accept donations from the public if they are over £100,000. Any lower than that and apparently it is not worthwhile. I wonder if the trustees and current funders agree on that.

Neill

3 Comments:

Anonymous georgethe23rd said...

That doesn't sound encouraging. Charities can get themselves tied up in knots worrying about the ethics of accepting a donation from certain companies and individuals. Having an ethical policy is essential for many charities, but often the personal values of staff can override this.

9:33 am  
Anonymous chris said...

I think it's far more likely they're talking about how rich the donor is!

9:53 am  
Anonymous Simon said...

Further to your update, their report and accounts makes it pretty clear that they are currently almost entirely funded by the chairman of their trustees - so yes, I imagine he does know.

2:56 pm  

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