Help a Charity
This information is provided free of charge.
If you like what you've read perhaps we could twist your arm into giving a modest online donation to our nominated charity.
Our current charity is The Relief Fund for Romania (UK registered charity number 1046737).
Go to their quick donation form now.
Why we've chosen them
The Relief Fund are a small hardworking outfit who run several impressive projects helping the children, sick and elderly in Romania. They achieve a huge amount with relatively little money.
We're confident they're effective. We've read the reports of experienced independent evaluators who've been out to see them in action and have been very impressed.
What also attracted us to helping them was they're fully accountable. Not only have they allowed the evaluators to check their work but they were awarded a Seal of Approval of the Accrediting Bureau of Fundraising Organisations - the first UK charity to win this.
From what we can see, the only thing they're not great at is speaking up for themselves. As a result they're not well funded. But they deserve to be.
So how about giving them a hand? Every pound you give really could help.
Why not spend a short while making an online credit card donation... Go on. Make yourself feel good! (You can leave as small or as large a donation as you like. The form is fully secure).
To read more about the Relief Fund's work see their main website or go to their quick donation form.
The Accrediting Bureau of Fundraising Organisations is an initiative by an ex Director of the Consumers Association and various leading lights in the charity world who became concerned by the decrease in public confidence in UK charitys.
The UK is the only western country not to have such an independent accrediting body. The idea was to take a straightforward look into whether a charity was spending funds reasonably, efficiently and effectively.
It seems that almost anyone can form a charity. The UK's Charity Commission simply registers charities and only gets involved when there's a problem. Sadly this is usually after the horse has bloted and the stable door is swinging in the wind.
There doesn't seem to be much discrimination about who gets charitable status. The problem is the public assumes that because registered charity status has been awarded that checks have been done.
Sadly this isn't necessarily the case. Apparently criminals now see registering charities for scams as being one of the easiest frauds around.
In most other countries charities come under the tax authorities. These tend to have a more effective approach than the Charity Commission.
Sadly the UK charity business seemed to turn its back on ABFO's initiative and the Relief Fund for Romania apparently remains the only UK charity to have gained a Seal of Approval.
That's why partly why we're backing them. The other reason is the "bang for the buck" they seem to deliver by helping people in Romania.
So how about a visit to their quick donation form?