There is nothing that kills off funding as fast as when you cannot account for the funds you received and you have a secretive policy of not being transparent.
Charity organisations (NGO) now live in an era where funders and donors will ask for audited reports of their financials, any time. In fact, some will send in a third party auditor.
When you rely on the goodness of humans to fund your operation with their hard earned income, you need to be prepared to supply audited financial statements any time.
You also have to be ready to receive a third party auditor to go through your books.
Similarly, you need to be prepared for the funder or donor flying into your operation to check on how you run your business.
“The sky is falling. Oh gosh the donor is flying in. Let us clean office and put up a good face!”.
Wrong, you should have been doing the clean office already and putting up a nice image.
There are many NGOs which provide online resources for donors to keep track of NGOs and where their money goes.
People work very hard for every penny donated to Africa and Uganda. You make a very big mistake not to account for that money. I have met people who do not even have cars but send money to Uganda then they find out that some Ugandan NGOs use the money to buy gas guzzlers (think SUVs).
You want to keep your charity organisation going, do due diligence. Account and be transparent.
During the Bududa landslides, our parish asked me to talk about the crisis to replace the sermon. I made some people angry when I told the congregation that no money from our parish should be sent to Uganda. I asked for money for local charities in Moncton Canada to be given the money because at least I could visit them and go through their financials. Was I wrong? Maybe. Years later: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1306456/kabwegyere-quizzed-sh8bn-bududa-funds
Martha Leah Nangalama
I have an IT and business background and have volunteered with many charities. Uganda makes a very big mistake to not account for the money they get.
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