More than good manners

A resident recently complained in a letter to the local community newspaper of the lack of reporting on the use of funds donated to poverty relief projects. To its credit, this paper regularly features appeals for assistance from NGOs and community-based organisations. The resident observed that he had hardly ever seen coverage of the results of donations, into which he read all kinds of negative meaning. As a regular donor to three non-profit organisations and frequent volunteer at another, I realised that none of these organisations ever bothered to tell me how my contributions had assisted their missions either.

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