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Inspirational! - Seven-year-old raises thousands for Haiti quake victims

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Inspirational! - Seven-year-old raises thousands for Haiti quake victims

OK, the lead story is pretty inspirational - a 7yr old boy decides to do a sponsored bike ride in aid of the survivors of the Haiti earthquake.
His aim is a pretty significant £500 - wouldn't it be great if he managed?
What about if he managed to raise a staggering £27k - Yes, TWENTY-SEVEN THOUSAND POUNDS as reported at the BBC here
Follow the link from the Beeb, and you will find his just-giving page HERE
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Target: £500.00
Raised so far: £95,950.00

I suspect his total will keep going up...
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Re: Inspirational! - Seven-year-old raises thousands for Haiti quake victims

and just think of the money just-giving are making...
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Re: Inspirational! - Seven-year-old raises thousands for Haiti quake victims

Glad its not just me that had that cynical thought when I saw the figure! Sad
I understand (and to an extent agree) with the %cut approach, as it allows them to help just about anybody who wants to raise some money.
I would have hoped for a ceiling on their earnings from a single appeal/event/sponsorship though.
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Re: Inspirational! - Seven-year-old raises thousands for Haiti quake victims

At least it's not usually a %age cut of the actual donation.
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Re: Inspirational! - Seven-year-old raises thousands for Haiti quake victims

even so it's enough and if you're unfortunate to have an account you get charged a fair whack.
Surely there's a better way?
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Re: Inspirational! - Seven-year-old raises thousands for Haiti quake victims

I share some scepticism - but they explain here that 100% of your donation is forwarded to the charity, and their
http://www.justgiving.com/how-justgiving-works/

What do the Charities Commissioner think ? http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/ ; or OSCR  http://www.oscr.org.uk/ in Scotland.
On the other hand - is it better for the end recipients to receive 95% of the money such organisations raise - or if they didn't exist  100% of far less money ??
Difficult one to call.
You need to choose your charities carefully.  
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Re: Inspirational! - Seven-year-old raises thousands for Haiti quake victims

Sceptisism is absolutely required. The larger the charity the larger the wages being payed with co-ordinating managers at Oxfam being paying well over £100K+. However they are an international organisation doing a job on par with any major logistics company.
The bigger question you have to ask yourself is not how much they're getting but whether your donation is going to make things worse in the long run. Haiti's government is practically non existent and without order and stability, the storys of muggings in the papers will be the least of our concerns.