London's charity palaces
The Salvation Army HQ puts most corporate offices to shame. Its glass shell sparkles onto St Pauls Cathedral in one direction, the Thames and Tate Modern in the other. It sits in one of the most expensive parts of the most expensive city in the world.
London is full of charity HQs like it.
Smart businesses that want to save money seek out more modest rents. Microsoft, for example, goes for cheap business parks in bland towns around the world (apologies to Reading). Microsoft is rarely found in a capital city.
Oxfam recently adopted the same logic, relocating from its buildings in Oxford to a nearby business park. It reckoned it will save £500,000 a year as a result. More to spend on beneficiaries, presumably.
How many millions (from our donations) would other charities release if they did the same?