donation sites - what is your opinion?

@stk40m (1119)
Koeln, Germany
November 24, 2012 12:26pm CST
probably you have come across websites that are intended to achieve a certain aim by asking people for donations. E.g. there are many websites that pretend to protect animals or to prevent cruelty to animals. However, there is no way people can retrace what will actually happen with their money. Personally I always have doubts when I see people asking for donations - at least when lifes (animal or human) are at stake. For example I ask myself where do all those videos of abused animals originate from, i.e. who filmed them and under what conditions. It is imaginable that those who allegedly help animals are the ones who are responsible for their torture in the first place or that they collaborate with those criminals. Now when they show those videos on their websites or on their Youtube channels and ask for donations you would support the exact opposite of what you thought you would support. This is of course just a scenario. But I find it quite suspicious when you try to contact those sites and get no reply e.g. if you come across animal abuse yourself and report it to them. Also, if they indeed love animals or love to help people that are in danger, why don't they work for the money that they are asking others for, coz that's what the donators have to do: they have to work for the money they donate. Yes, it can be argued that collecting money from many people is necessary because you couldn't earn the money yourself... but then again you could also ask people to join efforts which may be much more effective. Still I am unsure about this topic to be honest. So that's why I would like to know other people's opinions. What do you make of such donation sites and would you trust them? Do you think it could/ should be done differently to achieve an aim? Please share your thoughts and experiences! Cheers stk40m
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@marguicha (90788)
• Chile
26 Nov 12
I usually do not donate. I donate my time every day, playing online at freerice.com, a site that will give free rice to hungry people. It belongs to the WFO so I know it`s safe. All sites and institutions that ask for donations have a board of trustees who work for suculent pays. I will not give part of my money to them.
@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
26 Nov 12
good point. Just a few minutes ago someone on a german TV show also mentioned the trustees issue and that it is unclear where that money goes. Thx for your comment!
@surekharathi (14134)
• India
29 Nov 12
We should donate some money for charity or orphanage. If we have more money but if we have not enough money then hard to give the money to charity. But I not like to give the money via sites but wants to give directly to that organization.
@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
29 Nov 12
yep the best thing is if you personally know the people you are giving your money to. If you know them well enough you can be quite certain that the money gets where it's supposed to.
@mydanods (6777)
• Nigeria
24 Nov 12
even when you try to contact those sites and you do get reply, it should be a case of "caveat emptor." better stick to trusted charity organizations if you are in the spirit of philanthropy.
@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
24 Nov 12
I was also thinking of those ''trusted'' charity organisations. Even there you never know where your money goes. what do you mean by ''it should be a case of ''caveat emptor.''?