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The changing face of charitable gifts

23 October 2009

Instead of socks and jumpers for christmas, consider the value of a Camel for an African family.

For many years if you wanted to donate to a charity you were faced with the option of a cash donation. Fundraising and charitable donations may, like so many other businesses, have suffered in the wake of the financial problems that all parts of the World have seen in the past two years. Yet despite a downturn in donations to charities, voluntary organisations and community groups, there have been some changes when it comes to the type of donation that is now available.

Instead of buying Christmas presents or other gifts, it is now becoming extremely popular to make a donation to charity on behalf of the person you are buying for. This method of donation has been available now for a few years with donations made being used to buy chickens or goats for families in parts of the world where such an item would be extremely beneficial. Just as the worlds' economy has seen dramatic changes, the type of gift you can now obtain has also changed.

In fact the most popular gift according to the independent charities watchdog Intelligent Giving for Christmas 2008 was a Camel which was available from Oxfam. For less than one hundred pounds sterling you could arrange for a camel to be provided to an African family. Not only does the camel give them a great mode of transport but it also gives the family nutritious milk as well as the camel dung being used for fuel or fertilisers. Whereas western families might receive a selection box at Christmas the African family could well receive transport, food and fuel in one package.

Other animal related gifts available still include the old favourites of chickens and goats as well as animals such as donkeys, sheep, cows or snails. As well as animals as gifts you can now decide to make a donation that will provide a family with food such as coffee or rice or even making sure a certain number of people receive safe tap water.

Other donations can be made that will fund projects in third world countries including well fixing, providing emergency shelters, the building of toilets and general home improvements. The truth is the charity and voluntary sectors may have suffered in recent times due to donors being reluctant to donate for fear that their donation was being taken up with administration costs rather than reaching the actual people who need it.

This way of donors knowing exactly what the cause is getting is proving to be very popular so if you want to give an unusual but highly welcome gift this year then instead of socks or a jumper, remember that fish cages, pineapple plants and bull semen is proving to be very popular.

NCi Charity are Charity Insurance Specialists and for details of their Charity Liability Insurance facilities or to get a quote simply visit the UK Charity Insurance Brokers.

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