Sometimes, the song is not the point

Feb 2, 2010 | Posted by: Capitalistroadster | Full story: www.smh.com.au

Twenty five years after the original, charity anthem 'We are the World' is given a hip-hip, pop twist to raise money for Haiti.

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Feb 3, 2010
 
The money never goes to the people who need it.
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Feb 3, 2010
 
charity- you know this because ....? I went to Aceh after the tsunami as a volunteer -- we saw a lot of people helped a lot - in fact, it is being said that the entire political landscape of Aceh has been changed for the better because of the help locals were given by the various incomers.
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Feb 3, 2010
 
How about the millions of $$$ raised for the Black Saturday Bush Fire Victims.
What happened to that?
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Feb 3, 2010
 
Charity - where did every dollar go? I don't know. Some is in trust for things like community infrastructure - some was given out as cash for things like clothing, school supplies, medication, blankets, etc, and some is being used slowly as people's land is cleaned up and they decide where to re-build.

What is your point? What do you think happened?
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Feb 3, 2010
 
Cancer charity donates less than 1pc

Tory Shepherd From: The Advertiser December 29, 2009 4:42am

LESS than one cent in every dollar raised by an Australian charity has gone to its intended cause in its first two financial years, documents show.

The Adelaide-based National Cancer Research Foundation last year picked up $387,864 in donations but gave just $4900 away, according to its audited profit and loss statements.

The year before, it raised almost $197,160, giving away only $935.

So far this financial year, one of the foundation's directors says the charity has passed on almost $30,000, but yesterday could not say how much had been raised.

Most of the money raised in the past two financial years went on commissions, management fees, travelling expenses and drivers.

The foundation's director, Neil Menzies, blamed the start-up costs of a charity.

In heartfelt letters obtained by The Advertiser the foundation, which was launched in January 2008, outlines its fundraising aims, saying it needs hundreds of thousands of dollars for research.

It says it urgently needs to raise $700,000 for ovarian cancer,$650,000 for children's cancers,$800,000 for breast cancer and $500,000 for prostate and colon cancer research.

"The costs are staggering, but we will succeed again," its letters say.

Mr Menzies said the company was working hard to improve its margins, claiming it had already given away almost $30,000 this financial year to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Camp Quality, and the Canberra Hospital.

"More will be passed on before the end of the next financial year," he said.

"We're changing our structure. Where we relied a lot on telemarketing, which is labour (intensive), we'll be more into events, golf days, dinner dances, quiz nights."

"Within two or three years if we're able to pass on ...(money) in the vicinity of $100,000 per year, that would be terrific."

The Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner monitors charities, under the auspices of Gambling Minister Tom Koutsantonis, who said yesterday that governments were working hard to make them more accountable.

"This is what we're looking into - we're making charities publish all their financial details ... to make them more transparent and more accountable," he said.

"While we believe the majority are doing the right thing, South Australians deserve to know where their hard-earned money ends up.

Philanthropy Australia chief executive officer Gina Anderson said it was difficult to pinpoint the proportion that should be passed on.

She said the word "foundation", often used by charities, did not have any legal meaning, and she said Australia was finally going to accept standard accounting measures for charities.

The Productivity Commission is reviewing the not-for-profit sector.

In its draft report, released in October this year, it found there was a need for wide-ranging reforms.

It recommended a "one-stop shop" for regulation, to ensure community organisations and charities were transparent, and to simplify regulatory processes.
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Feb 3, 2010
 
One example.

Your statement implied that is the case with all charities.
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Feb 3, 2010
 
Wyclef Jean Under Fire Over Haiti Charity Spending
Posted by Staff on Jan 19th, 2010 // eCanadaNow

There are plenty of people who have recognized the dedication that Wyclef Jean, one of the former leaders of the groups The Fugees has shown to humanitarian causes within the nation of Haiti.
Some people however have begun to question whether some of the money that Jean raised for the country ended up going to help his own business affairs as opposed to helping the poor and downtrodden people of Haiti.
This is a claim Wyclef Jean flatly denies, a claim that he denied again during a press conference as he called for a mass evacuation of the country.
Wyclef has said that his charity will be back on the ground again soon. He even delivered a message to the people of Haiti in Creole, saying that he looking forward to helping them as much as he possibly could.
The rumors surrounding his charity however continue to swirl as the media has begun to dig into the organizationís financial records.
Wyclef is organizing a concert for the Haitian people with actor and sometimes activist George Clooney. Clooney has been criticized before by people at FoxNews for not getting enough of the money for a benefit revolving around tsunami relief to actual victims as well.
Wyclef on the other hand is looking forward to the concert despite all of this controversy.
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Wow .. good lord! You found 2 examples of obscure charity efforts that apparently are under a cloud. And a good thing too, if they are dodgy.

What about Oxfam, Doctors without Borders, CARE Australia, Smith Family, Salvos etc?
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There is plenty of info out there on a lot of these charities (US, Aust, Int).
Google it yourself.
You want to give your money to these scammers, go ahead, it's yours to waste how you want.
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Cancer charity donates less than 1pc
Tory Shepherd From: The Advertiser December 29, 2009 4:42am
LESS than one cent in every dollar raised by an Australian charity has gone to its intended cause in its first two financial years, documents show.
The Adelaide-based National Cancer Research Foundation last year picked up $387,864 in donations but gave just $4900 away, according to its audited profit and loss statements.
The year before, it raised almost $197,160, giving away only $935.
So far this financial year, one of the foundation's directors says the charity has passed on almost $30,000, but yesterday could not say how much had been raised.
Most of the money raised in the past two financial years went on commissions, management fees, travelling expenses and drivers.
The foundation's director, Neil Menzies, blamed the start-up costs of a charity.
In heartfelt letters obtained by The Advertiser the foundation, which was launched in January 2008, outlines its fundraising aims, saying it needs hundreds of thousands of dollars for research.
It says it urgently needs to raise $700,000 for ovarian cancer,$650,000 for children's cancers,$800,000 for breast cancer and $500,000 for prostate and colon cancer research.
"The costs are staggering, but we will succeed again," its letters say.
Mr Menzies said the company was working hard to improve its margins, claiming it had already given away almost $30,000 this financial year to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Camp Quality, and the Canberra Hospital.
"More will be passed on before the end of the next financial year," he said.
"We're changing our structure. Where we relied a lot on telemarketing, which is labour (intensive), we'll be more into events, golf days, dinner dances, quiz nights."
"Within two or three years if we're able to pass on ...(money) in the vicinity of $100,000 per year, that would be terrific."
The Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner monitors charities, under the auspices of Gambling Minister Tom Koutsantonis, who said yesterday that governments were working hard to make them more accountable.
"This is what we're looking into - we're making charities publish all their financial details ... to make them more transparent and more accountable," he said.
"While we believe the majority are doing the right thing, South Australians deserve to know where their hard-earned money ends up.
Philanthropy Australia chief executive officer Gina Anderson said it was difficult to pinpoint the proportion that should be passed on.
She said the word "foundation", often used by charities, did not have any legal meaning, and she said Australia was finally going to accept standard accounting measures for charities.
The Productivity Commission is reviewing the not-for-profit sector.
In its draft report, released in October this year, it found there was a need for wide-ranging reforms.
It recommended a "one-stop shop" for regulation, to ensure community organisations and charities were transparent, and to simplify regulatory processes.
i never donate to medical charities and foundations. they are all totally subsidised by the drug companies and ignore alternative treatments. For eg the asthma foundation flogs drugs but totally ignores the buteyko method which, in the one trial given in aus, had an amazing success rate.
as for cancer charities, wouldn't give them a brass razoo. Billions of bucks have been given to cancer charities over the decades and they still have cured nothing and support burning, cutting and poisoning therapies.

read 'the cancer industry' by ralph moss.
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Charity ... I read the annual reports of the charities I give to, I raise funds for them and I have gone out in the field for them. Not every dollar goes to the victims, for example .. how do you think water gets to the people needing it Haiti? Someone pays for petrol and hires a truck to carry the water. Those costs don't come out of thin air. The petrol and the truck hire in themselves may create an income that supports victims locally in Haiti.

Now, as opposed to news stories anyone can find on the net by selective quoting, what facts can you present?

Did you listen to Philip Adams on "Late Night Live" on ABC radio last night interviewing a young woman who observed medical teams in Haiti? She presented a cleqar picture of the ghastly choices that people on the gorund have to make every day. It's archived there, you can read it and gt a picture of what goes on in the real world.

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