Do they exist to provide high salaries for the Executives or is there a real benefit in what they do? Exclusive: Aid organisations risk 'bringing charities into disrepute' over pay, says watchdog - Telegraph When a charity raises say £20 Million and has £18 Million in operating costs are they not defeating the object? Granted as in this example if they did not exist then the charity in question would be £2Million down, but it seems like it's own cottage industry to me, simply exists to provide a conduit for large pay deals for the executives. I suspect this is why politicians (of all parties) are so determined to keep the Foreign Aid Budget going. Lots of their old mates run "charities" which employ themselves, the wife, and the son, daughter, niece etc. After their own salaries are paid, they set up foreign trip jollies where said niece and son go hiking across Africa wearing their charity branded T-shirts, sponsored by yet more UK people, all to set up a water pump in a village, that would have cost just a few quid to install. Instead it costs us all millions. Then there is this... Charities may use public donations to plug pension black holes - Telegraph A grand plan to use donations to plug Pension scheme black holes and to use to the charity donations to do so. Win Win all round for the charities. No wonder they all need those heart string pulling TV ads to keep the revenue up.. Other than the RBL (who to an extent are also guilty of this) poppy appeal and other selected Mil charities I don't bother any more simply because of this. Having done voluntary work for the RBL some years ago I do know that all monies donated to the Poppy Appeal are ring fenced and not spent on administration. However that donated in legacies unless specifically requested to go to the poppy appeal as I understand it may be.