I had the same thought about St. John Ambulance some years ago, when I was an active member. We raised funds locally over quite a time and bought an ambulance. On the side, the wording read that it had been bought with locally raised funds. One day, a missive came down from on high to say that "our" ambulance was to be re-allocated to another division in another area. The fact that it was bought by local donations counted for nothing.Will give to individual RNLI Stations in future & not to central allocation funds overseas.
I give to help UK RNLI Stations not to overseas/Zimbabwe Sea Rescue Force.
If you donate to individual RNLI stations, how can you be sure that they don't have to pass this on to the RNLI central account? Even if a collecting volunteer says it won't be put into central funds, I doubt whether they have the power to make that statement with any authority. I'll stay with my original decision and simply won't donate any more.