Charity – No Longer About Doing Good For Others…

…but about keeping oneself employed:

I’m a business development manager, which means my job mainly involves trying to save the charity I work for. It really is that simple and the weight of the responsibility is exhausting. If I meet my target we go on another year, if I don’t then we have to go to our board of trustees with a deficit, and our charity will fold. Every success or failure is tied to everyone else’s fortunes, the jobs of our staff and lives of our beneficiaries.

The priority there gives a clue, eh? The beneficiaries of the charity clearly are last to be thought of!

When the new contract arrived, the staff assured me they had the skills and experience to deliver the service. Now, looking back, I know they told me this out of desperation to keep their jobs

So…you never thought to check?

So far we are struggling to deliver the service. Cuts to local authority funding has meant that we have less money at our disposal…

You could always ask the public for donations. You know, like proper charities.

We are making mistakes and cutting corners because our staff are overworked and too stressed to be able to do the job properly. But what choice do we have? Either we do what is asked on the limited budget we are given, or someone else will.

And maybe they can do it better. But…the job itself isn’t your main priority, is it?

3 comments for “Charity – No Longer About Doing Good For Others…

  1. John Richmond
    October 26, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    They came to do good.
    They stayed to do well.
    And some have done very well indeed.

  2. October 27, 2015 at 8:01 am

    The wankery and as you say, the concern for self first, in that guardian article is staggering and yet not unexpected.

  3. Errol
    October 27, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    “Cuts to local authority funding”
    I pay tax to provide services that I want. I don’t use, but do want the domestic abuse shelter to remain open. Is that the sort of ‘charity’ we are discussing?

    If so, there’s plenty of fat to trim. Let’s sack the ‘transport portfolio holder’, on £148,000 a year, + expenses + pension.

    If these charities are just the usual non-jobs they should be shut down. Tax should be used for public good. Not merely to create employment.

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