Old 10th Feb 2013, 00:38
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I should hope that the UK has a similar organization.

In the USA, there is a once-a-year campaign seeking donations from Federal employees. This "Combined Federal Campaign" collects money for hundreds of charities. There is a certain amount of vetting.

The reason I'm writing here is that the booklet listing charities has a short writeup about each, but it ALSO LISTS THE PERCENTAGE OF DONATIONS USED FOR FUNDRAISING AND ADMINISTRATION.

Look for a similar combined campaign or an organization which vets the charities in the UK. Even local charities are included from regions with a lot of Federal employees.

I realize that a "good" accountant can disguise administrative and fund-raising costs. I noted that some years ago the American Cancer Society listed a large percentage for "education" ... I'll wager that a lot of that was fundraising mailings.

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