‘Charities’ taking people for fools for their own ends

It is becoming increasingly difficult to identify worthy and genuine charities, those that prioiritise the delivery of good works for people in genuine need by channelling every penny possible to them.

In the first instance, if a charity relies on state handouts for the bulk of its funding then it isn’t a charity at all, but an extension of the state.  It also suggests the charity does not appeal to donors sufficiently to make them want to part with their money.  Prompting this is a column by Amanda Platell, which reminds us of the corruption of the definition of the word ‘poverty’ by groups such as the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), to suit their own ends.  As their website explains:

What this adopted ‘definition’ shows is that in affluent societies where real poverty does exists but is comparatively rare, the only way a charity like the CPAG can justify its existance is through a corruption of the definition and creation of a problem that isn’t really there.  In that way it can enjoin the state to fork over our money to tackle – if one can describe their work in such terms – ‘relative poverty’.

You may wonder what’s in it for CPAG.  A look at their website makes that very obvious…

What this menu of options tells us is that CPAG is a business.  It has people on the payroll focused on publications, media, education and lobbying.  It is an enterprise that generates income (pg 5) for a staff whose primary focus is merely:

Such awareness consists of adverts and videos like the one below which, while purporting to tell us the truth about benefits Britain, singularly fails to recognise or mention that governments use benefits as electoral bribes and have a vested interest in making people dependent on the state; increase the cost of living through rising taxation; wheezes like fighting ‘climate change'; subsidising wealthy companies and land owner involved in renewables; sending aid money overseas; financing the EU’s largesse and so on.

There is much talk but little direct intervention on show.  I’m sure the ‘poverty’ stricken will be glad of this ‘help’, especially when the first £1,362,314 of the ‘charity’s’ income in the last financial year (pg 20) was spent on salaries, National Insurance and pension contributions, more than £70,ooo of which was spent on the chief executive, Alison Garnham.  At least she has enough money for a selective diet, activity participation and customary amenities:

To keep this show on the road, the Child Poverty Action Group needs to keep the cash coming in.  To keep the cash coming in it needs to keep inventing crises, peddling myths and constructing a narrative to give the impression there is a major and immediate problem that has to be addressed, requiring substantial public funds that have the happy coincidence of meeting the employment costs of like minded activists.  In this it is no different to so many other of these fake charities.

People are being taken for fools.  The current multi-pronged campaign being waged by self serving ‘poverty’ activists on everything from wages to food banks to deprived children, is a scam.  These committed political activists are applying pressure and being joined in their cause by simple minded virtue-mongers who need the supposed issues to be true to justify their chest beating and scattergun condemnation of everyone and everything they believe to be less virtuous than them.

As these entities are reliant on state funding rather than individual donations, the only way to stop feeding the beast is to show up these campaign chartities for what they are – so even the government will not want to be seen by taxpayers as being associated with them.  It’s time for the rip off to end.

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8 Responses to “‘Charities’ taking people for fools for their own ends”


  1. 1 dave ward 28/12/2013 at 9:57 pm

    The RNLI & Air Ambulance are the only people who (voluntarily) get my money…

  2. 2 Stephen Brown 28/12/2013 at 10:45 pm

    I, too, give only to the RNLI. One of their Lifeboats is stationed very close to where I live and I’ve watched the crew go out in some horrendous weather.

  3. 3 SOLO PLANER 29/12/2013 at 8:22 am

    My only charitable sins are directed at the Sally Army and a local hospice that does invaluable work in my opinion – although I am a sucker for local “Child A needs a special treatment” type campaigns.

    But your post highlights once again AM – it’s not so much the charity as the reason needed to justify the NGO body.

    Once it was a matter of giving money towards a Phillippines-type tragedy – now they milk it for long periods after to keep the NGO going.

    It is a business.

  4. 4 Mark B 29/12/2013 at 9:38 am

    Well said AM.

    Just like Government Departments, they just keep wanting more and more of our money just to keep them in their jobs.

    I noticed that they also have ‘pension’ contributions. Obviously they see their little SCAM as a longterm thing.

    Its disgusting.

  5. 5 John W 29/12/2013 at 1:34 pm

    I would never give to any of these corporate monsters. Every national children’s charity I know serves as a propaganda vehicle for such unworthy causes as lowering the age of consent and abolishing parental smacking.

    Likewise I avoid the mass Children in Need/Telethon love-ins like the plague. Not only does the blatant self-righteousness get on my nerves but you simply have no idea where your money will end up.

    I aim to find out as much as I can about any charity before donating and as a general rule I would say local is best.

  6. 6 pym1640 29/12/2013 at 2:45 pm

    So the CEO gets £70,000 pa to fight poverty, couldn’t she do this on half the money and help fight poverty even more.

  7. 7 robert paterson 29/12/2013 at 4:08 pm

    medecins sans fontieres always seem to me to be there or thereabouts in the world hell holes although not sure about how many drones they employ

  8. 8 nollyprott 29/12/2013 at 9:35 pm

    Big charity is all about “leverage ” gambling on the stock market !


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