The Charity Commission have stated that Oxfam must produce a radical reform plan in the next three weeks or risk permanently losing access to hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money.
Oxfam’s own internal review has shocked their directors after it revealed that none of their charitable projects are making a profit. The directors have ordered that all charitable projects are to cease immediately and the company is to focus on the profitable, money-raising side of the business.
As one director explained, “It’s shocking how little charity workers know about how to run a business, so we’re sacking the lot of them.”
The number of Oxfam staff earning six-figure salaries has doubled in just seven years. In 2009/10, the charity employed five executives on more than £100,000 a year. The latest figures, for 2016/17, show the total reached 11, including chief executive Mark Goldring who earned £127,753.
These are the sort of people Oxfam will now concentrate on helping; relatively poor executives in the UK who are struggling to become multi-millionaires.
Many charity bosses do not appear to believe that the nature of their work demands any financial hardship. An exception is the Salvation Army, one of the biggest charities in Britain whose equivalent of a chief executive, a Territorial Leader, is paid just £15,500 a year.
A director from Oxfam expressed his view that the Charity Commission should be looking into this sort of behaviour. This is not being charitable to the hardly working chief executives and the Charity Commission should be doing something about these “Territorial Leaders” instead of bothering a highly profitable company like us.
Many large charities outsource fund-raising to telemarketing companies who take what is determined as a ‘reasonable’ percentage of what is brought in.
The Oxfam director defended this, saying it’s a completely ethical and acceptable way of raising money. “Why, only yesterday, I received a call and donated a huge amount to a charity called TalkTalk Internet support.”
Oxfam had filed a serious incident report in 2011, but the Commission said Oxfam withheld key information at the time. The scale and seriousness of the incidents were not made public until the Times published a leaked copy of Oxfam’s internal report revealing the allegations of sex parties.
The Charities Commission was highly critical of how Oxfam had handled the complaints raised about the sex parties in Haiti.
Oxfam has apologised and offered them all a full refund.
Oxfam have acknowledged that this scandal has affected their image and are taking steps to put Oxfam on the right path for the future…
…by completely revamping their stores to compete with Ann Summers.