Some people prefer to provide help or support directly to the local community. Some prefer to give money to national or international charitable organizations. Discuss both sides and give your own opinion.
Generosity, as a long-standing human tradition, continues growing nowadays. As we know, generosity can be expressed in two ways. Some people donate their money to national or international charitable organizations while some prefer to help out directly in the local community. Recently there has been a wide discussion on which approach is better.
For those prefer giving money to big charities, they believe that it is comparatively easy to fulfill the task while helping more people. First of all, instead of taking a whole day out for charity, simply swiping the card can bring a sense of satisfaction. What’s more, donation to charity organizations can reach out to more people, thus touching more lives at the same time. However, is donating in national or international charities as reliable and efficient as people assumed?
I believe that being a direct supporter to the local communities is a wiser choice. For starter, donors’ money will be better spent in local communities than in bureaucratic national charities.
Study shows that every year, around 30% of Red Cross’s donations go to administration and bureaucracy. Whereas large charitable bodies like the Red Cross are plagued with rampant corruption, complicated procedures and heavy commissions. Local communities, on the other hand, enjoy the transparency and a simple yet effective way of donating. Besides, lending a helping hand to local communities provides middle class people with a way of being a philanthropist themselves. Everyone, be he rich or poor, is entitled to do charity. Therefore, local communities make charity no longer a luxury of the upper class because middle class people with lower income can still readily find a volunteer job that cannot be put a cash value on. For example, take out a day to serve the homeless, or to help disabled children live more fulfilling lives, even to become volunteers in the rehabilitation program for native injured wildlife.
In a nutshell, compared with the bureaucratic and money-driven national and international charities, delivering support in local communities proves to be a better approach since it is not only effective and transparent, but also give a fair and easy access to charity, especially for the poor. Thereby, the spirit of generosity can grow better and expand further in the hands of local