Charity in crisis over costs

first_imgCharity in crisis over costs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Sports presenter Tracy Piggott raised ‚€70,000 for Self Help at a star-studded ball last year, but left the aid organisation shortly afterwards to set up her own charity Playing for Life where all the administration costs have been met out of her own pocket. The charity boasts on its website: “Donations, large and small, are being utilised in the most cost-effective ways.” But some supporters were annoyed to discover that the financial statement for 2004 showed ‚€143,087 was spent on the charity’s ’20th anniversary expenditure’. The charity received more than ‚€2.4m of taxpayers’ money from a Government grant, and just over ‚€300,000 directly from other charities, in 2004. But a legal stipulation means a maximum of four per cent of the Government grant can be spent on administration, meaning at least ‚€828,000 of the ‚€925,049 administration costs for the Irish office had to be taken directly from money donated by the Irish public. Property developer Jarlath Sweeney is one of a number of high-profile supporters who have recently become disillusioned by the Irish charity’s management style and administration costs. Mr Sweeney was so outraged by the high administration costs he and businessman Dermot Divilly set up their own charity the Support Africa Foundation which they have promised will deliver 100 per cent of the funds it raises directly to Africa. As the first ever GAA Charity of the Year, Self Help is particularly well supported in rural areas where it enjoyed the backing of all the country’s main farming organisations. A GAA spokesman said that if there were any administration problems they would review their involvement. Self Help was founded in response to the Ethiopian famine of 1984 by Dr Noel McDonagh and missionary priest Fr Eoin Lambert. Dr McDonagh retired as board chairman in March and his daughter Hilary McDonagh is the CEO. A leading Irish Third World charity is in crisis after it emerged that close to a quarter of the charity’s overall budget, most of which is grant aid from the Government, was spent on administration and fundraising costs. Self Help Development International had a budget of ‚€4.1m for its work providing famine and poverty relief in five African countries in 2004, but spent ‚€925,049 of this on “management, administration, fundraising and promotion” costs. The revelation has led to bitter in-fighting at Self Help and former company members are seeking to overthrow the current board. In a further blow to the charity, a number of wealthy patrons have walked away and set up their own aid organisations. The most recent accounting figures show more than ‚€1.3m was raised for Self Help from public donations in 2004 and the ‚€925,049 administration and fundraising cost was taken directly from this money. Advertisement Tagged with: Irelandcenter_img Howard Lake | 17 May 2006 | News  27 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Tix Now Available to See Morgan McCann in Sayonara Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Tickets are now on sale to see Morgan McCann and more in a re-imagining of James A. Michener’s Sayonara. Directed by Tisa Chang, the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre production will begin previews on July 5 and run through July 26. Opening night is scheduled for July 9 at off-Broadway’s Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row.Sayonara has a book by William Luce, lyrics by Hy Gilbert, music by George Fischoff, and is adapted from Michener’s novel. The tuner follows Lloyd “Ace” Gruver (McCann), a U.S. military fighter pilot stationed in post-WWII Japan who is beginning to question his military destiny. When he falls in love with the beautiful Hana-Ogi (Chang), a star performer in the Takarazuka dance troupe, compassion and love heal prejudice despite the inevitable collision of two disparate worlds.The cast will also include Ya Han Chang, Ako, Natsuko Hirano, Justin Holcomb, Scott Klavan, Justin McEllroy, Rumi Oyama, Edward Tolve, Mollie Vogt-Welch, Sandy York, Carol Angeli, Yurina Kutsukake, Azumi Milligan, Michiko Sasaki, Alicia Kaori Shumway and Jessica Wu. View Comments Sayonara Show Closed This production ended its run on July 26, 2015last_img read more

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Citizenship loans change members’ lives

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In 2015, Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union in Palmer, Alaska, offered a promotion on signature loans at its Waipahu, Hawaii, branch office.It turned into way to help people become U.S. citizens.A segment of the credit union’s membership is composed of immigrants from Micronesia and the Philippines who petition for citizenship.The signature loans were offered up to $7,500—roughly the cost of citizenship—at terms up to 48 months.“Our normal terms for signature loans is 36 months but we wanted the payment to be a little more reasonable so we extended it to 48 months,” says Jaccie Gaines, consumer lending manager for the $430 million asset credit union.Rates on the loans were tiered, starting at an annual percentage rate of 6.99%. continue reading »last_img read more

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