In the wake of the massacre at Virginia Tech at least one charity will be relieved its money is not now being used to profit from the sale of guns in the USA.
A few weeks ago the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust dumped, on ethical grounds, £2 million in shares in Reed Elsevier which runs, through its exhibition division, the Shot Show in the USA. Reed Elsevier are also the organisers of the much criticised Defence Systems and Equipment International exhibition (DSEI) held every two years at Excel in London’s Docklands, a venue in which Reed hold a 10% stake. Reeds enthusiasm for such events has recently been confirmed with its organisation of a new arms fair, IDEX, in Abu Dhabi. Continue reading
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has been attacked by some of their donors for spending nearly £30,000 on a lavish mailshot to 2000 philanthropists celebrating the success of an appeal. (Daily Express).
The mailshot consisted of heavy full colour, embossed booklets in cardboard mailing boxes that cost nearly £2 to post, first class.
Some donors, not named by the Daily Express, felt that the money could have been better spent on at-risk children than with a printer and the Post Office.
The Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS) – a charity which helps people with debt problems – has expressed disappointment at the credit card arrangement being peddled by the Labour party to raise funds.
General Secretary of the party Peter Watt has sent out an e-mail urging supporters to take out a credit card issued by the Co-operative Bank which generates £15 commission for the party for every new one signed up. And, says Watt, commissions to the party are also paid on every pound spent, regardless of whether the borrower is able to clear the monthly balance. Continue reading
A consumer body to handle complaints from the public about aggressive or misleading charity fundraising has been formed.
The Fundraising Standards Board (FSB) has already got support from the NSPCC, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) , Unicef and Sense and includes on its board the chief executive of consumer group Which?
Street collecting, known as “chugging” has already drawn public complaints when it has been done aggressively and the degree of hard sell used by charities is expected to be included in the code of conduct to be drawn up.
Sonata Moyinwin, 43, who already has 79 convictions for dishonesty was jailed for eight months and Amy Pidgley, 20 was given an eight month prison term suspended for 12 months with a supervision order.
Southwark Crown Court heard how they drove to the West End pubs in a top-of-the-range BMW and implored drinkers to “please help the homeless”.
Such examples are likely to contribute to the growing and understandable reticence of the public to give money to street collectors, whatever identification they can provide.
PROFITING FROM MAN’S INHUMANITY
In the wake of the massacre at Virginia Tech at least one charity will be relieved its money is not now being used to profit from the sale of guns in the USA….
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has been attacked by some of their donors for spending nearly £30,000 on a lavish mailshot….
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The Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS) – a charity which helps people with debt problems – has expressed disappointment at the credit card arrangement….
NO PUSHY CHUGGERS
A consumer body to handle complaints from the public about aggressive or misleading charity fundraising has been formed….
FAKE CHARITY CHUGGERS CONVICTED
Two crooks who used fake charity ID and Shelter collection tins to con cash out of kind drinkers in West End pubs have been convicted for their dishonesty….