Letters to the Editor: Charities bill just awful

I am a concerned new charity
organiser.

The charity I have been growing
this summer, and plan to organize every summer in the future, is Redemption
Climb. Recently hosted on a Cayman27 Day Break segment, it has now raised more
than $2,000 for the Cayman Cancer Society.

The Charities Bill 2010 is
preposterous. One of the main reasons why there needs to be charitable organisations
is to prevent money being taken by the government in the form of tax/record
keeping (which is unnecessary in the first place, as the records are not what
are benefiting), and not given to individuals/subjects in need.

I agree strongly with the
acknowledgements the Cayman Cancer Society, Humane Society, and Little League
have made regarding the vagueness in the bill and so forth. However, if these
restrictions are clarified I do not deem that the bill would improve in any
way.

Here in Cayman especially I feel
that the good will within people is stronger than most places in the world. I
am a firm believer that money laundering and such instances that are referred
to as being “the cause of need,” for this bill are in amounts over any small
organisation’s monetary involvement or needy amount.

It is the beneficiaries such as the
banks that should be keeping the records in how much money is being transferred
and where it is going just as much as the organisation. There is no need for a
trusted bank/organisation relationship to pay extra for double record keeping.

The organisation is non-profit, the
bank is the profiting outfit that the non-profit is obliged to use therefore
making the bank money – so the bank should be, then subsidising any cost fixed
by the government that the government would need. The bank that does support
the organisation should have a personal business relationship, especially since
Cayman is such a small community. Where the money is coming from should not
even be a cloudy question.

Brittany Rae

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