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NSPCC charity bosses and bureaucrats need your money! So please be generous and give give give!

The charity NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) is running a TV campaign asking for money. I wasn’t paying attention yesterday evening, but as far as remember, they were requesting people send a text donating ‘just £3’ each to help the charity with all the wonderful things it does.

But before I send any money, I like to look at how charities actually use our money.

The chief executive of the NSPCC earns (sorry, I meant ‘gets paid’) between £130,000 and £140,000 a year. The NSPCC is apparently reluctant to reveal his actual salary. But let’s say he’s on ‘only’ £130,000 a year, then 43,333 people would have to donate £3 each just to pay this gentleman’s rather generous salary.

Then there are another 5 NSPCC bigwigs earning (sorry, I meant ‘getting paid’) over £100,000 a year (2 on £120,000 to £130,000, 2 on over £110,000 to £120,000 and 1 on £100,000 to £110,000). You get a fair pile of money from working in what’s mistakenly called the ‘voluntary sector’!!

If we assume these other lucky folk are earning (sorry, I meant ‘getting paid’) a total of £560,000, then with donations of £3 per donor, the NSPCC would need 186,666 donations just to pay these executive salaries. So, in all the NSPCC would require about 230,000 donations of £3 a time to pay for the no doubt excellent work of these good people.

As for the NSPCC’s staff. Well they don’t seem to be doing too badly either. The NSPCC’s 1,810 employees cost donors £70,801,000 last year. That’s an average cost per employee of a pretty healthy £39,116. In comparison, the average employee cost at other large charities is significantly lower than the NSPCC’s £39,116:

NSPCC cost per employee comparison

Moreover, I suspect the ‘please text just £3’ wheeze is just a scam to get people’s phone numbers. The same scam is often used by street chuggers (charity muggers). Then once the charity has your phone number, they give it to a professional fund-raising company with a tele-sales operation and they then phone up all the £3 donors and try to convince them to set up a direct debit to the charity. The sales pitch used by the tele-sales fundraisers is usually something like ‘we know you’re interested in supporting this charity as you’ve already donated, so wouldn’t you like to blah blah blah direct debit blah blah for just £10 a month blah blah…..’

For each mug who does set up a direct debit, the fundraising company will probably get around the first  £100 of that mug’s donations as its cut for convincing the mug to sign up. So if you were to agree to a pretty generous £10 per month, then almost all your first year’s donations would go into the bank accounts of the multi-millionaire owners of the fundraising company. If you only gave £5 a month, then almost your first two years’ donations wouldn’t go anywhere near the charity of your choice.

And anyway, some people might wonder why, when Britain already has 87,442 social workers costing taxpayers over £3bn a year, we even need the NSPCC’s highly-paid executives and 1,810 well-rewarded staff at all.

So, will I be donating £3 and (in the process) handing over my phone number to these (IMHO) over-paid, dishonest shysters? Nope.

Here’s the NSPCC commercial in case you want to send a text donating ‘just £3’  and give them your mobile phone number so they can harass you for more money  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr-UPt54AlM

1 comment to NSPCC charity bosses and bureaucrats need your money! So please be generous and give give give!

  • Simon

    Some years ago my wife shared an office with an accountant who had left this organization in disgust having discovered it had £2,000,000,000 in cash reserves and board members were supplied with BMW’s. People who work in their own refuges are mostly volunteers with little or no training. A total scam.

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