Good news, no good story: A group of British journalists have criticised charities that have become “gambling hotels” by offering a chance to win cash prizes, and argued that the system is failing children.
The writers of a new book about charities have warned that the “gifting boom” has left a “chilling legacy” of failing to deliver a “good story”.
The book, Good Story Charity: Why We Give, is a response to the rise of “gift cards”, which offer rewards such as cash prizes for the use of charities.
It claims to be the first book about the “giving boom” that has addressed the problem of how charities are able to offer prizes and cash prizes at a time when children are being told they cannot have the best of them.
The book is published by the charity charity watchdog Charity Watch, which said it has seen evidence that charities are now gambling hotels.
The organisation is calling for the government to introduce a national donation system and says that while the government is well-intentioned, it is not working.
“We have a lot of money for charities, but there is a chasm between what the government says it will do and what they are actually doing,” Charity Watch CEO Michael Parkinson said.
“The Government has made a big mistake by giving charity and public sector workers the impression that the current system is great.
This is a huge disservice to the children.”
The book argues that the charity sector should consider the benefits of a cash-for-access lottery, which is currently being piloted in the US, UK and Australia.
“If the UK were to introduce this system, it would not only be a huge benefit for children, but also for charities,” Parkinson said, adding that “gifts to charities have been rising in value over the last few years”.
The charity’s findings include the fact that “most” charities now accept cash prizes and a “gathering of the givers”.
“We know that some charities are not only giving out prizes, but are also gambling hotels where people are encouraged to attend to their own good causes,” he said.
He said the book “highlights the problem with the ‘gift’ economy” and how many charities are “gimmicking” the system.
“Good story charities need to take a fresh look at the rewards and rewards systems they are offering and ensure that they are not giving children the wrong incentives, he said, pointing to the recent cases of Good News Charity and the Red Cross Giving Pledge.”
In addition to offering prizes, charities have become gambling hotels.
“A government spokeswoman said: “Our Government has an ambitious commitment to raise the standard of life for all children by 2020.
We continue to invest in our children’s services, including in the provision of free and universal primary and secondary school education.
“Our Government is investing billions of pounds in the UK and around the world to ensure that children’s needs are met and that our children are treated well.”