I have expensive taste and am currently Jonsing over a red lady Dior handbag. Vogue issues monthly “purse porn”. Look at those beautiful sturdy handles….
Look at that price tag! $3,000!
I could help drill 1/2 a water well in Africa!
I started googling various water well organisations and quickly found myself in dumb pages describing “motherhood and apple pie”: vague “women and children” (what about men?) statements that told me nothing about the real impact these groups make.
Even my church has a transparent annual budget of money received, overhead (cost to run it-electricity, preacher, water), and donations to the local community. Last year our church gave thousands to the battered women’s shelter in Huntsville. It was real, on paper, making a difference in our community.
I googled “Africa water wells Dave Ramsey”. He has a foundation run by one of his children and I found bloodwater.org. I looked on their site for any concrete information and still found nefarious vague information with the “women and children” lumped group that infuriates me to no end.
So, I emailed bloodwater:
“What is your annual budget? Overhead? IRS#? Cost of Maintenence of the wells? Who maintains and tests the wells?”
Forget the fancy purse. Who cares?
I want to help others instead or toting a fancy purse but I want to do it responsibly. Donated money should not just go into a black hole (if you want to waste $ on a poorly-run organisation and get loads of junk paper mail, phone calls and crap such as Tshirts, by all means, sign up for the national ASPCA. What a nightmare THAT was).
Ask for fiscal transparency.
I’ll let you know how this goes.
3 thoughts on “Dior bag or a water well in Africa?”
I looked up Blood Water on charity navigator.org and they have one star out of 4 because they spend a large amount of their budget on fundraising.
You’re right. They responded to me very quickly with the 2014 budget and I asked them why they spent so much on fundraising. The reply was that they’re looking into reducing this cost.
I also heard from the other organisation and similarly, spending seemingly too much on fundraising.