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Be super careful before donating to charities - especially super big charities that have budgets running into several dozens to several thousands of Crores of Rupees.
Doing charity in India is the easiest thing. You can always pay for the education of the daughter of your maid or get a pair of sports shoes for your laundry man's son. Try to find genuine people that need help and also have a degree of self-respect because charity at that instance must change their lives, but at the same time they should not become a slave of donations. I have seen some people "demanding" donation if you help them once at the time of need. But at the same time, there are several self-respecting individuals whose lives can change with your donation.
The problem with super big charities is that they spend a huge share of your hard-earned money in non-charitable activities. For example, in 2006, CRY reported that they spend 8 Crores in salaries when their total income is 50 Crores (16%). GiveIndia on their wikipage states that 9.1% of their income goes only towards processing a donation, providing a tax receipt and feedback report, a technical platform to track donations, due diligence and other administrative costs. We have no clue on how much these charities spend for marketing. So do you want to donate to a charity that spends on needy people only half of what you give them? Further, bigger a charity, more difficult is their judgement in finding out real needy.
Re: All fine - except charity
by prem k on Jan 02, 2015 10:12 PM
Also remember that some charities are aligned with certain religious causes, which may not at all be apparent from the information they provide you.
While donating for a religious charity is not wrong, be judicious of your choice. Through your charity, do you want to promote conflicts within the country in the name of conversions and ghar-wapsis?