ST reported today that starting this year, the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) is letting “large” donors request an “evaluative” report on charities.
Apparently this will “promote a more transparent and informed giving landscape”, according to the NVPC head.
Now, I’m all for more transparent accounting of charities – but why allow only “large” donors access to this “service”? What’s “large” anyway, and to whom?
And oh, the report isn’t free, by the way. Could maybe cost from $100 to “a few thousand dollars” – money, of course, which most donors would probably rather spend on the cause than on paperwork.
I’m sorry, but having these barriers don’t seem to be promoting transparency at all. I thought charities that receive public funding should already be making their reports public in the first place – I’m sure some already do?
Would be good to know if any of the 30 charities in the pilot programme has received a request for these reports – ST didn’t say, but I doubt it.