|Should People Need to Work for their Donations?|
Yes, call me scrooge because I'm sure others couldn't resist dropping a dollar or ten into their helmets after looking into their big, innocent eyes. These days, it's not just the homeless asking for money, seems as though non-profit organizations are using this tactic for their fundraising efforts, too.
Hand Up or Hand Out?
Whatever happened to the days of selling overpriced popcorn, cheese or candy bars? Back when I was a kid, our fundraising efforts required us to put in a little elbow grease. My field hockey team made and sold apple pies to raise funds for our annual banquet. We took shifts standing outside a grocery store selling them. They weren't very good - we were field hockey players and not home economics experts - but they were something.
Maybe I'm old fashioned (or old!) but I don't get these organizations standing outside stores with hands extended asking for money. I have so many questions:
- Shouldn't these organizations have a strategy on how to raise funds?
- When it comes to youth organizations is this begging teaching kids to be lazy and dependent upon others?
- If they need to earn their money, such as by selling something tangible or offering a service such as lawn cutting, weeding the flower bed or walking the neighbor's do, isn't that teaching them life skills such as marketing, money management, being resourceful and interacting with others?
- Is it a time deficit issue?
- How are they different from someone who's asking for money to eat?
It's also like American Deborah Rodriguez who provided opportunity to Afghanistan women at the Kabul Beauty School. She taught women a trade so they didn't need to depend on men which also improved their quality of life.
Maybe I should just take the easy way out and stand outside a store on a Saturday morning asking for donations for my travel blog. I'm guessing I'll collect more than the two cents I currently earn.
What are your thoughts on handing money over to organizations begging for them? Should they offer something in exchange other than a smile?