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I read a few weeks back there are 166000 charities in the UK. Probably a few more by now, breeding like wire hangers in the back of the wardrobe.

Clearly a legal activity in this country, to set up a charity, but  why do we need so many? If i came across a situation where i felt charitable donations could be very useful in filling a gap in my community, then i would look online to find out if anyone else had had the same idea and would get myself involved in that. 

But then how many charities are very local, set up in response to a child’s illness, or death? Is it that people show a certain selfishness in their selflessness? By which i mean they want to raise money for their local child and only that child? The new charity does not recognise fellow cause with others in the same position?

Even in a situation like that surely charities could affiliate, to share what they know, what they can do, ideas for fundraising, put pressure on MPs, and so on? Be  the equivalent of how the Londis & Spar chains of small shops, where small retails concerns combine their buying power to take on the might of the supermarkets.

And what about buddy schemes? Not sure how it could be done but smaller yet experienced charities – perhaps some who even intend to fold once an aim has been achieved – could and should be able to share their good ideas and expertise with new charities operating in the same field. Well i do know, of course there would be a way of doing it online. Geography would be no barrier

A card in the local newsagent wouldn’t really do, these days. would it?


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