The common perception of charities is that their workers are modern day monks. They eschew the easy life for a life dedicated to worthy causes; helping to make the world a better place in the face of so much evil; but is this always the case?
There are vicious rumours circulating that many charities are the recipients of government funding, which the government gets by taxing ordinary people. If this is the case, is a charity still a charity when its funding comes from forced or compelled donations?
In a past life, I raised money for charity, for a wage. For about 4 days. I was weak and could not handle it. We were known as charity muggers, or chuggers; and as the name describes, the job role involved relieving people of their hard earned cash when they were not expecting it. The best charity muggers were expert emotional blackmailers. I was terrible at this job, and I do not know why they employed me. I had revealed in the interview that I had never willingly given to charity, and was thus severly lacking in the empathy required to reach to unsuspecting donors as they waltzed past me in the city centre. In four days I only managed to get one person to sign up to a charity, and in order to do that, I had to lie to some extent. It was with a mixture of guilt, glee and do-goodiness that I held her signed contract up to the afternoon sun. I’d helped a charity live another day.
Back to the now…
WordPress, through a plugin called SocialVibe, gives bloggers the opportunity to stick a charity thingy up on this site, presumably, more website traffic equals more money for the chosen charity. I am tempted. I do nothing, and I help save the world. I really can not believe that all charities are bad; but are there some ones that I should keep away from?
Below are representations of about half of the charities I’m eligible to raise money for on this blog. So the question is, which charities in the world should be avoided at all costs, and why? And which charities, if any, are still a force for good in the world?