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Feb. 1st, 2011

02:13 am - Sponsorship

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From:elvum
Date:February 1st, 2011 11:38 am (UTC)
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I can see why charities support (and indeed organise) this kind of fundraising, but personally I think it stinks. The people seeking sponsorship have a clear conflict of interest - despite the guidelines, are people really going to tell their potential sponsors that the money part-funds what in some cases most definitely counts as an expensive holiday?

Circumstances alter cases, and I would think differently if (for example) someone who had lost a relative to cancer did a fundraising event in aid of a cancer charity, particularly if their finances were such that they couldn't afford to cover the underlying costs themselves, but in general I am very strongly opposed to this kind of fundraising.

I think you're right, and the morality is strongly linked to the motivation of the individual seeking sponsorship. Which is very hard to determine (without being rude) when handed a sponsorship form by a colleague with whom you have a nodding acquaintance. :-)
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From:gaspodog
Date:February 1st, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
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I am also deeply dubious of this sort of thing.

There are plenty of things people can do to raise money for charity which don't involve them getting a free holiday or fulfilling their long held ambition to leap out of an aeroplane without paying for it...
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