Like rich tourists in some third world bazaar, we are surrounded by begging bowls and outstretched hands. The tin-rattlers in the street, the raffle-ticket sellers in the office, the begging letter in the mail-we cannot escape.
The clamour is getting louder. There are more charities than ever before; 178,609 were registered at the end of 1994. But voluntary donations are not rising. In fact they slipped by ?339m in 1993. The national lottery will make matters worse, although no one yet knows by how much.
Charity is in competition with charity, pushing and shoving to get our money. So how…
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