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Are Charities Under Scrutiny?

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There has been a shift in the way Brits see charities. Charitable organisations are coming under more scrutiny than ever due to the collapse of charities, such as the Kids’ Company, worrying donors. People are now much more driven by specific causes than a trusted charity name, and there’s a rapidly growing desire to track results from donations and understand how a difference is being made. Charities that find they have fallen short of standards of trust are struggling to stay relevant.

Modern-day charities are now focusing on the need to explain exactly how donations will make a difference, and one approach that is intriguing new donors is the concept of encouraging sustainable self-improvement by encouraging the use of simple tools rather than the traditional gifting of aid. iDE is an international, non-profit organisation that helps the world’s rural poor to develop their own businesses, improving their own and their families’ lives. iDE helps its customers to think as entrepreneurs, overcome obstacles in their path, and improve their economic circumstance, while simultaneously ensuring that its donors know exactly what their money has done, and the impact it has made.

iDE believes that entrepreneurs are everywhere and has found that encouraging the means to generate income is much more empowering than simply providing financial donations. iDE’s approach is to encourage less fortunate individuals to access farm equipment, a toilet, a small loan, or a connection to the marketplace, to make a living and escape the cycle of poverty.

The NGO turns every £1 donated into £10 of annual income, and on average, a person that is part of an iDE program increases their annual income by about £200. iDE operates in 11 countries across Africa, Asia, and Central America where the rural poor have low average annual incomes and where these increases mean a substantially improved quality of life.

 

Following a long history of involvement with various charities, Iain is now Chief Executive of iDE UK. He is a former trustee of Hope for Children in the UK, previously Board Chairman of ITLP (International Theatre Literacy Project) for 5 years in New York, and served on the board of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) in Melbourne.

Having worked in the business world, particularly in the areas of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility, he uses his experience to pioneer an alternative form of charity.

Here is what Lain said to Biz:

 

Let's Talk Business: Charities Facing Scrutiny

Modern-day charities are now focusing on the need to explain exactly how donations will make a difference, and one approach that is intriguing new donors is the concept of encouraging sustainable self-improvement by encouraging the use of simple tools rather than the traditional gifting of aid