Sunday, 16th June 2019
IN MY OPINION Article
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What is charity?

What is charity?

It’s the act of giving money, food or other help to people who need it or to an organisation that helps people in need with no strings attached or profit.

There are many people who give to others or to charities to help the needy and they do so with no other reason other than to help. Others do it because they feel guilty for having what others do not or to try and clear their conscience for some reason. While others do it as a good cause in preference to paying tax on the money gifted.

What amazes me is the number of charities and events with an ulterior motive that one sees cropping up time and again especially around this time of year.

An example of this is when a bar organises a raffle, bingo or quiz with the pretext of giving the profits to charity after deducting the cost of the event from the payments made by the players or contributors.

In my book that is not a charity! That is creating an event to generate beer sales for the benefit of the bar owner, secondly I would like to know which charity will benefit from the presumed profits. I have heard of many such charities but not of the beneficiaries.

Then you read about a charity event that had hundreds of people who only raised about €1000. How sad!


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By all means organise a charity and give all the takings less costs. That’s charity so why not spare the effort and labour and just
donate one day’s profit to a reputable charity?

Take a restaurant offering a meal for say ¬Ä25, followed by an auction to raise funds for charity. Is this not an excuse to sell the meals? Where is the charity in that?

Of course, as we all know, legislation enforcement is workers, volunteers picking the best donated goods for themselves before
offering them for sale to the public, fraudsters posing as charitable organizations and falsification of tax returns among others.

It was recently detected that certain people linked with charities in Spain have accumulated great amounts of money that have been sent to tax haven territories; that is some €40 million in offshore accounts. In tax revenue, the loss is approximately €15
million.

The Spanish Tax Administration has detected the abuse of charities by conducting analysis of flows of currencies between Spain
and other countries and also by reviewing the information received from tax haven territories during the course of investigations carried out by judicial authorities.

Does all of this mean that charity begins in one’s own home? That is not charity, surely!



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