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    Oxfam is one member charity of the Disasters Emergency Committee. This is a co-operation between up to 15 major charities all of who meet strict membership criteria.

    The DEC functions in addition to the member charities' usual operations - the latest emergency appeal is for the refugees and IDPs from the Syrian conflict. In these appeals they get huge co-operation from the banks and get free time on the main terrestrial TV channels to air their appeals (the Syrian ones are on the front page of the site).

    Comic Relief is another major charity that works in the UK as well as in developing countries on the sorts of projects that work towards food security and health. Last month's telethon, other events and fundraising has so far brought in about £75 million (@ US$110 million)

    As a side, the UK tax system for most donations work rather differently from the US. The tax relief or "Gift Aid" is claimed back by the charity after a declaration from the donor that it is from taxed income. With that the charity received another 25% from the government. An example is on the donations page on the DEC site.

    "Who stood against President Obama in 2012?" - The trivia question nobody can answer.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 11:09:03 PM PDT

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