让慈善组织负责

    设想一下你关心死于可防治疾病的非洲儿童。你想要向努力减少死亡的慈善组织捐款。但是有许多家慈善组织在做这件事情。你如何选择呢?

    许多人对慈善组织提出的第一个问题就是:我的捐款的多大部分用于行政管理?在美国,一个有五百万用户、叫做慈善导航的网站提供这样的数据。但是这一信息是来自慈善组织自己填写并交给税务机关的表格。没有人核对表格,而用于管理和项目费用的比例很容易采用创造性会计来改造。

    更加糟糕的是,这一数据即使精确也不能告诉你慈善组织的影响。把行政费用维持在较低水准的压力会让组织失去效力。例如,如果一家为减少非洲贫困的机构削减具有专业知识的人员,它就更有可能资助失败的项目。它甚至不会知道哪些项目会失败,因为对项目做出评估以及总结经验教训需要人员,而这就增加行政管理开支。

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