This time next year…

December 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm Leave a comment

By Abubaker Adam

Only Fools and Horses was a British sitcom, created and written by John Sullivan in the 1980s. Set in Peckham, South London, it followed an ambitious market trader Del Boy Trotter and his brother Rodney in their humorous trials in order to get rich quick.

Various schemes included buying and selling a variety of low-quality goods, such as Russian Army camcorders, luminous yellow paint and horse riding helmets. Their company “Trotters Independent Traders” became synonymous with a three wheeled Robin Reliant.

You may be thinking, why am I highlighting a famous sitcom from years gone by?

Many start-up charities have one goal when they start their work – raise as much money as you can – in effect a get rich quick mentality.

We have to encourage charities to shift from this mentality. Their first goal should be to deliver; deliver to their beneficiaries; deliver their promises to their donors; deliver their social values to their community.

I believe that charity work is built on four wheels of success – transparency, communications, integrity and delivery. If any of these four wheels are not correctly administered, then you will be life with three wheels like the Trotter’s Robin Reliant which runs at limited speed.

We should all live by the values of working professionally and transparently, not cutting corners or speeding through to reach our goals (see below).

Entry filed under: Charities, Ethical Business, Funding.

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