The number I consider most important is the ratio of impact to donated resources. The actual cash movements are secondary - only drug smugglers and terrorists start charities with the primary purpose of moving money around.
There seems to be a growing discussion in the charity sector on quantifying impacts. Rick provided some data here in terms of 28,000 kids receiving a nominal $370 of goods. It gets harder to quantify the impact of these goods -- in terms of pride, increased schooling access, etc -- and even harder to size the consequential change to the children's downstream impact on society.
On the 'amount donated' side I would include admin grants. It would also be nice to factor in unpaid (or underpaid) work. Should gifts in kind be booked at cost, wholesale, or retail?
I am about to move into a paid support role with a charity (i.e. become an admin cost) and find this conversation fascinating. Thank you, Rick, for your extended response which demonstrates many ways in which this data can be represented. I hope in due course to contribute towards making such information available, in the expectation that robust comparison and analysis will end in greater confidence for donors.
(On a more personal note, it is somewhat daunting to ask whether my contribution will so improve systems that my new organisation could bring in 10 times my salary in donations.)
Regarding the Palm Oil thing, the guy from Cadbury's was claiming their Palm Oil is "sustainably sourced". Is that possible ? Bit like the Kwila decking issue ? How would the consumer "really" know.
That's an important question for me; about child slavery even more than rainforests.
Wandered into Philippe's once and the service staff knew nothing about the origins of the chocolate. Schoc says simply "all our growers are treated fairly and respectfully", which is more than I've seen on many an expensive brand's website but hardly beyond question.
Turns out that Callebaut has a useful page on Corporate Social Responsibility (thanks for that link, Rik) but it seems any certification they could apply for is still in the pipeline. That leaves me eating the limited range of Fair Trade certified products, but thinking many of these small and tasty-looking brands are probably safe. How can I know?
If every bar has a glass and half of full cream milk, and the size of the bars has dropped from about 250 grams to 200 grams, does that mean there is proportionally more milk in the chocolate?
That's why they couldn't fit so much chocolate in, and had to compensate with palm oil.
Is there any chance of getting, say, STV rather than FPP for electing the new council? I haven't heard anybody canvassing that option, which looks at first glance like a sensible response to the 'only the rich will get enough face recognitiion' argument against at-large councillors.
The big fuss after the Royal Commission on GE is actually what first made me want to join the Green Party, even as it prevented me from voting for them. Of course I only got around to joining after the last election, so who knows how long it will be before I make it to my first members meeting.
the (potential) use of purely military materiel on local civilians is a serious matter and deserves more scrutiny.
I would agree, but do not think that the LAV was used on civilians.
Although I didn't bother following this story as it developed, I was pleased to see an example of the police cordoning off an area and waiting the guy out. Perhaps he was too dangerous to get near, but it contrasts well with a few recent shootings by police where I've wondered why they got so close that shooting was their sole remaining option.
(Not that they necessarily had better choices in those instances, but the reports I've seen apparently didn't consider this a question worth answering. Our friend Mr. O'Connor certainly isn't given to raising such considerations.)
My wife and I are quite disappointed in the lack of local candidates. Lee feels like a ring-in, simply because she wasn't the grafter we've seen establishing a base in the last two elections when we all knew Clark was on her way out. Shearer feels the most legitimate to me in that respect, partly because it would have been hard for Labour to establish a new person until right now.
Hard, that is, unless Helen went onto the list. Nobody seems to think this was practical - presumably it would be seen as 'losing'? I personally reckon that you shouldn't have enough time to lead anything but the smallest party and be an electorate MP, so voted against her on principle (which didn't give me many credible options, let me tell you - apparently no aspiring candidate or party thought they could make my argument fly - perhaps too ).
My opinion here militates against Norman in the by-election, although on a marginal-adjustment-to-caucus-sizes basis I'd quite like another Green MP.
I have always felt that "green" electricity has limited meaning until sufficient people take it up to outstrip NZ's existing low-emissions generation. I live in hope that by signing up we encourage anybody deciding what type of generation to build next. That said, our household cheerfully banked a zero in that category of our emissions audit.
As for retailers, they also compete on how well they can predict the power they will sell. The better their prediction, the less they have to buy or sell on the short-term markets and overall the less they ought to pay. Powershop appears to offer you a chance to do some of that prediction (and management) yourself, taking on time and risk commitments in return for lower prices.
(The big gains from retail competition come for larger customers, whose usage is measured more closely and can often be shaped with suitable incentives. Net result: the vast majority of people have only seen the downside.)
Thirdly, and finally, my wife reckons that the man on the Powershop ad looks like Baldrick.
Blast! Must look at my text when previewing, not just my formatting. Apologies.