Saturday 3 December 2016

Anne Hanniffy: Before you stop donating to charity, just find out where your money goes

Anne Hanniffy

Published 02/12/2013 | 02:30

Ryan Tubridy clowns with schoolchildren at the launch of this year’s St Vincent de Paul Christmas appeal: ‘In the wake of the topup scandal, all charities are being unfairly pilloried with an issue that is miles from their reality.’
Ryan Tubridy clowns with schoolchildren at the launch of this year’s St Vincent de Paul Christmas appeal: ‘In the wake of the topup scandal, all charities are being unfairly pilloried with an issue that is miles from their reality.’

THEY say a week is a long time in politics. It is an even longer time in fundraising. The charity top-up story which has been running now for over a week, is having a disproportionate and unfair impact on the funding efforts of charities – and more importantly, on the people so reliant on those funds.

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This is all the more frustrating because the issue at the centre of the story – top-ups to salaries already paid by state funding – has absolutely nothing to do with the way in which the vast majority of not-for-profit organisations are funded or operate in this country.

Disability agencies or voluntary hospitals receive government funds through what is known as Section 38 funding, for the provision of services on behalf of the HSE. Other charities fortunate enough to be still receiving very reduced levels of government funding get their money specifically for programmes and projects.

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