Tuesday 6 December 2016

Scandal fatigue: we're sick of having our generosity taken for granted

Published 12/08/2016 | 02:30

'The sheer number of charities is also a concern - in the suicide prevention and awareness area, there are nearly 50 and informally even more - as is the slowness to develop a vigorous regulatory system and oversight.'
'The sheer number of charities is also a concern - in the suicide prevention and awareness area, there are nearly 50 and informally even more - as is the slowness to develop a vigorous regulatory system and oversight.'

Despite some recent reports, Ireland has generally been a welcoming place for immigrants, and that is probably because we were ourselves were so often immigrants. Likewise, we have a reputation for giving generously to charities. Again, this is undoubtedly due to our troubled past and the trauma of large-scale famine.

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However, after a string of scandals and revelations about salaries and top-ups, the Irish public is fast running out of patience with our charity sector. This is not just donor fatigue but scandal fatigue, and people must now be wary about throwing money into a bucket on the street or signing up for a direct debit with a pleading chugger.

The sheer number of charities is also a concern - in the suicide prevention and awareness area, there are nearly 50 and informally even more - as is the slowness to develop a vigorous regulatory system and oversight.

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