And, as you'd expect, we disagree. But don’t take our word for it – read the stats and stories that show charity really can work.
People reached with safe water last year.
People reached with sanitation.
People reached with hygiene promotion.
We understand how it can seem like there's very little positive change happening in the world.
Poverty and inequality are still huge problems both in our own countries and abroad - but every day through our work we see incredible change happening.
Take Malawi, for example. In 1990, just 4 in 10 people had access to safe water. Today that figure stands at 9 in 10.
But back in 1990, in rural villages like Chandaka, it was a struggle to grow food and stay healthy.
When Zione (pictured below) was growing up in Chandaka, she had to leave school after contracting cholera, a disease that thrives in dirty water.
"It was very painful for me because my friends who finished [school] are doing better," the 22-year-old mother says.
But women like Zione have seen amazing change happen in the space of a generation. She now has a safe water supply meaning her daughter, Flora, has a better chance to grow up healthy.
The fact that 9 in 10 people across Malawi now have access to safe water shows the stunning progress charities can make.
These changes are thanks to people who believe that empathy, compassion and generosity is the stuff that makes history.
Let’s not stop now. Every year, 78 million people are turning on a tap or using a pump for the first time. That’s real momentum.
By 2030, we are determined that everyone, everywhere will have access to safe water. Will you join the thousands of supporters who are helping us make it happen?