Since then, I have discovered, thanks to another parent, that AutismNI, as of May this year has/had almost £400,000 in their possession.
I asked the charity what it was doing for families and individuals with autism and why it retains so many paid staff, many of whom do not appear to have any direct association with families or persons with autism (fundraisers/administrators).
Anyway, next time you are feeling a bit altruistic when Autism NI or any other of the 'big' autism charities comes calling for your coppers, please ask what your money is being used for - ask what services are being provided, what challenges to the system are being made for the betterment of individuals and families who live with autism.
Why are you (the unsuspecting public) 'Just Giving' and giving and GIVING to AutismNI's fundraisers (see below) when they have almost £400,000? http://www.justgiving.com/autismni
See for yourself below, Autism NI's annual report for 2010/11 (anyone can access this information from Companies House) as well as a list of staff members. The charity's net liabilities are very small and I believe their premises are rent free.
What could £400,000 do for our children?
see here for Charities Commission for Northern Ireland (guidance notes for charities)