When you buy a Product Red iPod, Apple donates some of the money to Aids research, but how much exactly? I looked on their site, and I can't seem to find it, so I'm assuming not much...
Answer by Razor512 · Oct 03, 2012 at 04:14 PM
If you would really like to donate for things such as aids research and want your dollar to go as far as possible, I recommend finding the various facilities that are running the research and see if you can contact the researchers directly to find out ways to donate, (eg maybe help them with specific orders of supplies)
A major problem with research programs for various diseases is that when you donate through some charity organization, they keep most of the money. (remember to remain non profit after paying your staff and yourself, what ever is left over is either reinvested in the company or donated, the main issue is that the people running those organizations have complete control over the pay so they could just increase or lower their pay as they get more or less donations. (while they wont keep 100% of the money doing this (people would catch on and stop donating)
Another block of loss is that the companies doing the research are not only doing aids research, they are doing many others, including research for their next big diet pill they they can patent and charge an arm and a leg for. and when resources are given to the main company, even if it is labeled for aids research is fungible so once it goes to the place doing research, you have no idea how it is actually being spent.
A good example of fungible resources is some local public schools, many teachers would prefer you donate classroom supplies to a low income area school, then donate money to the school it's self. when money is given directly to the school, it never gets to where it needs to go, eg some company donated $500,000 to the school I work at last year, and so far, most of the computers do not work, there is only one copy machine, the rest are permanently out of order, the teachers have to use outside businesses to make copies of things because they get yelled at if they make too many copies using the copier in the main office.
supplies like chalk have to be purchased using the teachers own money.
with the donation of that money, nothing was improved in the school
If that company instead reduced the donation to 20,000 and use that money to send a few people to fix the other copiers, and use the rest to get classroom supplies, every classroom in the building would have more than enough supplies.
With most organizations, if you want to fund a specific task that they are doing, you have to make donations that are not fungible (the reason why research on aids and cancer rely on donations is because curing them is not profitable, so many organizations have no problems diverting resources to more profitable ventures.
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