July 24, 2013 Leave a comment
A few days ago whilst driving, I had a thought…
It’s very rare you hear of a charity fulfilling it’s purpose. Yes, you hear of them going bust, or closing due to lack of funds, but never closing their doors with a shout of “Mission Accomplished”.
“Why is that?”, I questioned.
I then nearly crashed the car and thought it better to focus on the road rather than ponder the mysteries of not-for-profit and voluntary aid.
That is until a dj I follow – Mat Zo – posted the following onto his Facebook fanpage today:
Do charities make the world a better place?
On one hand, some charities bring much needed relief and aid to millions of people who are in need. Where national infrastructure is weak, charties provide services that the government cannot, or at least are unwilling to provide.
On the other hand, charities are businesses, and businesses need to be sustainable regardless of how ethical they are. Charities rely on there being a problem to solve, if the particular problem the charity was claiming to try and fix was suddenly solved, there would be no more charity. This begs the question, are some charities really trying to fix things, or are they quite content with the problem existing?
What do you think?
My reply on the comments section:
I thought this same thing yesterday. A charity needs a purpose, if that purpose is nullified by the problem being solved – what do they do? I personally, rarely hear of a charity saying “Mission Accomplished” and closing. It does lead me to wonder what happens to the money once the goal is completed.
Do they move on to something else? Do they do just enough work to solve the problem that they are always playing “catch up” and never actually making any net gain? Or do they – dare I say it – pull the wool over our eyes and use the funding for something entirely different?
Thoughts? I’d love to hear them.