Yesterday I had some my kind minutes and I donated one month last.fm subscriber to a good mate in New Zealand and was happy about doing so. Not that I am not a very friendly and nice person, but I love to make other poeple happy.
Today I was thinking what to write in my next article and I thought "you always wanted to donate some money for a good purpose".
So, why didn't I do it before? Lets shift that question a bit for now.
First time I made thoughts about donating money was about 2 years ago. I was in 12th class at german high school and in religion classes we read a really awesome book called "Was würde Jesus heute sagen"("What would Jesus say today") by a german politican called Heiner Geißler. From this book, a learned many things and thanks whoever I read it.
One is that Jesus was far ahead of his time. He preached tolerance, love, kindness and making friends out of enemies(for the ones who know some german, this might be an interesting article). It these days it was practice that if a roman asks a non-roman to carry his luggage one mile, he was forced by law to do so. But if you now carry it on until the second mile, you might understand each other better than before. You get the idea, I guess.
Do you know the saying "Eye by eye, tooth by tooth"? This does not mean if I' hit you and you would loose a tooth, you can hit me and knock out one of my teeth, but you get a reward in money, which means justice, too(sadly, in some countries like Iran there is the possibility to take the saying like its written).
But back to Jesus and then to donating.
I liked all the ideas of Jesus, because now I understood what the things in the New Testament meant, how politics has been these times, just the historical backgrounds of this stuff. I went to a youth group(similiar to YMCA), but after a year I discovered I could follow similiar aims just without having to believe in Jesus(plus we had religion critics in religion classes then...ask Simund Freud, Marx, Engels, Feuerbach and all the other critics about what they think about religion). Now I tend more to like the FSM because there's a beer volcano in heaven :P
So I thought, okay I am only a scholar, but I've got so many stuff all the poor poeple in the world will never have these things or who just need urgent help, maybe I can help them by doing a donation.
The question is, where to donate to? Unicef, Bread for the world, Amnesty international or some local organization like for homeless poeple? Plus, how much of the money I donate will reach the poeple?
The latter question is the easiest to answer, as there is a donation seal which guarantees some important things(see dzi.de (in German) for more information. From Unicef homeage you can get the information that less than 10 % are administrative costs, so 90 % of your donation will actally reach the projects.
Regarding the other question, this is the reason why I did not donate yet, because I ran into an unsolvable moral issue: Who, of all these poeple who really need the money or the things donation organizations do with it, has the most right to deserve it? The child who in Africa which is hungry or the homeless poeple in my local town who run into same or simliar issues?
For example if I would decide for the child, the homeless person would be disadvantaged and vice-versa. The problem is, even if I would donate only one cent for each dotation purpose I always will disadvantage other poeple who need help and moreover I would need billions of euros for that.
I think everyone who wants to donate has to solve this moral and ethical qustion - I just decided to donate somewhere now, because others will do the donations that I weren't able to do.
If you'd like to donate for a good yourself, here are some links:
Bread for the world