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Middlemen dilemma - the added cost of making charitable donations through a middleman

Posted by Lena on Aug 15, 2017 9:34:00 AM

The layered approach … In this day and age there are middlemen involved in most transactions. Sometimes these middlemen add value and sometimes it’s almost offensive to add the costs with little true value.

The Ebola crisis engaged us and we donated money to Médecins Sans Frontières in order to enable them to send doctors directly where they are needed. I must say I was appalled to hear that the payment administration takes 16% of the donations to handle it. People are dying outside the hospitable and middlemen profit that way! How do we ensure that such organizations operate efficiently? How do we send money to help without enriching the middlemen? Any ideas?

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