Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fake Charity Double Whammy?

From the Scotsman:
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, which has long campaigned on the issue, said there should be an extra hour of daylight all year round.

Brake, a UK road safety charity, said: "It is unacceptable so many families are torn apart by sudden, violent deaths and injuries on our roads. The government must take bold steps to stop these preventable casualties."
I'm not going to check their accounts, but I've never seen either of these outfits raising money so I'm guessing they are psuedo-charities.

11 comments:

JuliaM said...

"The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, which has long campaigned on the issue, said there should be an extra hour of daylight all year round."

What, we're switching to the 25 hour day now?!

Oliver said...

These are both registered charities, I have no idea how you can suggest they are 'fake' or 'pseudo' charities on the basis of... er... no evidence or research whatsoever, other than the fact you haven't seen them rattling cans in your local high street.

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Ross said...

"These are both registered charities"

Fake charities usually are- they are the supposed charities who turn out to raise most of their funds from government grants. Sure enough RoSPA's money as revealed on the Charity Commission's webste comes largely from government grants:

http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/ShowCharity/RegisterOfCharities/DocumentList.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=207823&SubsidiaryNumber=0&DocType=AccountList

JuliaM said...

I would direct Oliver to the Fakcharity site to educate himself, but it's down until the Devil can sort out his server problems.

See here for more details, though..

Mark Wadsworth said...

Ross, I looked at Brake, they are not as fake as we'd expect. But fairly fake nonetheless.

I've not looked at RoSPA yet.

James Higham said...

The Royal Society for the Protection of Bloggers?

Matthew said...

Where in those accounts does it show most funds come from government grants? I just see a great lump of 'unrestricted' funds which aren't broken down.

Ross said...

Okay I should said most of the stated funding sources seem to be other public bodies.

Mark Wadsworth said...

@ Matthew, if you look at pages 17 to 19 of the 2009 accounts there is a whole list of other government departments and quangoes who fund RoSPA.

So stick 'em down as a fakecharity.

Matthew said...

Well you're the acountant, but isn't that separate to the 'unrestricted' funds which form the bulk of the income?