NPOs and Charities to the Rescue!
As long as the service dog industry remains unregulated and unenforced, it is critical that we help each other by honestly sharing information about our experiences, good and bad, free from embarrassment. We have been accepting donations for our diabetes sniffing dogs for years now, and it is time to return to the community. In this short article, we hope to shed some light at how charities work, and also how little things, like lotteries, can change the world for the better. Without much further ado, let’s get started!
How Do NPOs Work?
A charitable organization or a charity is a non-profit organization (NPO) whose primary objectives are philanthropy and social well-being (e.g. charitable, educational, religious, or other activities serving the public interest or common good). The legal definition of a charitable organization (and of charity) varies between countries and in some instances regions of the country.
Charities bring together people who care about a cause so that they can make a difference. Whatever it is that you care about, there will be a charity working on it. Charities help in lots of different ways, but the main ways are by providing direct help, giving information, or raising awareness of an issue.
Can Lotteries Help?
The National Postcode Lotterij was established in 1989 to support organisations that effectively work towards a more just and greener world. Fifty per cent of the total proceeds of the National Postcode Lottery is purposed to support good causes. The Lottery developed now into the largest charity lottery of the Netherlands.
Lotteries stand out from other fundraising methods because they are a form of incentivised giving: supporters are rewarded. This means there is a good chance that a lottery will help to attract people who might not normally donate to your organisation. The added advantage is that these people can then be added to your database.
In the UK, the debate focused at first on the fact that the Health Lottery – a grouping of 51 charity lotteries, known also as 'society' lotteries – gives only the minimum legal requirement of 20 per cent of takings to charity, whereas the National Lottery gives 28 per cent to good causes.
The primary aim of a charity lottery is to raise funds for charitable organisations (the lottery is just a tool). The fundraising efforts are not used as a mere excuse for organising the lottery, but are indeed the main reason. Therefore, no private profits should be made.
Charities need to be more open and provide the information to donors and to citizens. It is believed that there’s some organizations that are very transparent and this is something we have to continue to advocate for, that charitable sector should be open, it should be transparent and it should be more accountable.
Of course, there are other, more direct ways a lottery can play at charities. Say you play Powerball online and score a big hit. A lot of people tithe their income to charities – usually at 10%, but with large wins, it can be way over the meager 10%. That is the best way a big winner on a lottery can contribute to make this world just a little bit better for everyone involved.