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Personally I'd be wary of giving to charities. A lot of them are downright frauds and the whole sector is riddled with dodgy practices such as workfare, exploitation of volunteers, chugging and driving out high street competitors (Oxfam in particular is notorious for this and many independent retailers have been driven to the wall by unscrupulous "charity" shops). Also, a lot of them run on government funds and basically function as unaccountable arms of the State.
So yeah, you're definitely better off setting up your own or giving to one you're personally connected with. Sorry to be a Negative Nancy and all, but I'd hate for anyone to put themselves through a lot of work thinking they were helping a good cause when in fact they were inadvertantly doing harm!
Edited at 2012-12-30 03:09 am (UTC)
Play nice Peter ! ;-)
Feel free to disagree with fellow commenters to my journal, but the fact that someone disagrees with your viewpoint, however wrong you may feel them to be, does not make them a moron.
I shall take a look at the links posted here and give this some thought. Thanks to you both for your comments.