Re: [ujeni] Charities and Admin
- Hi Don,
Thanks for those very good sites, with the extensive
lists of actors. I could not get the compare button to
open though when I was trying to see what they claim
on percent of money going to the needy.
I wanted to add a coment here, as the Director of my
humanitarian program in Boston used to be the director
of Oxfam International and worked for Catholic Relief
Services and World Vision. (Incidentally, the US based
NGOs that have IRS tax exemption could not be listed
on the website as they could not evaluate their
There was a claim once at CRS that they give 90% of
donated money directly to the needy. Please be wary of
these claims as it's a little accounting slight of
hand. Our former Director that worked with this said
it is sheer illusion to get it that high as, for
better or worse, those admin costs will always be
there and generally run about 20% minimum, up to
around 30% more realistically. There may be small
organizations that can get around this, but for the
larger players this will be the case. Logistics,
salaries, transport, etc. eat up a lot of money and if
they were honest about it and we accepted it was part
of the cost then they could at least evaluate where
savings could be had.
Usually though in such dramatic emergency situations
the need for immediacy leads to procurring supplies
and transport on an ad hoc basis, which has higher
costs. This should not keep us from donating, but I
hope the evaluation sites will give a realistic and
balanced picture so there is not the push for NGOs to
get more of the money by declaring, "we're at 89%,"
etc. I did notice some of the agencies that got four
stars have terrible reputations in various contexts
among the humanitarian actors, especially among local
UNOPS (dang why can't I write three sentence emails)
is my contractor for projects in Kandahar and they are
running about 40% admin costs including there salaries
and vacations every six weeks. Back home this kind of
engineering runs about 7%. They're driving me nuts.
From the news reports, despite lessons learned going
back before Ethiopia 86, supplies are still piling up
on tarmacs, not getting to the people that need it,
etc. I'll let someone else take over the discussion
now, but thanks.
--- Don & Cathy Weber <weber@...> wrote:
> If any of you are still looking, the first site ishttp://www.charitynavigator.org/?bay=search.results&cuid=20&FromRec=51
> from the Better Business Bureau and a charities
> evaluation alliance. There is a list of recommended
> charities for Tsunami relief.
> The second is a site for international NGOs involved
> in relief and if you click on the charities name you
> can get a reading on percentages of dollars that go
> to direct relief and percentages spent on
> administration etc.
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