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The Daily Four

Season 1 – Game 12

Question Fun Directory

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Today’s Questions to the Readers are….

What do you feel about charity really and should we give to charity and if we should, what should we give?

Why do people donate to charities?

a] Belief in organisation?

b] Good deed for the day?

c] The feel good factor

d] Making a difference?

e] Other?

What’s a penny to you as in ‘See a Penny .. think of what?

a] Every Penny Counts

b] Pick it up!

c] There isn’t a bad penny?

d] Worth every penny?

e] Other?

If you were asked to donate a single penny, cent as in a  a single unit of the lowest of currencies for your country, would you or would you?

a] Just donate the penny?

b] Donate more than that single penny?

c] Donate nothing, no pennies?

d] Only donate online?

e] Something else?

 

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………… first my own answers.

Every day almost now, l see advertising from charities wishing for this and that – every organisation wants money for this charity, that group, this group, overseas – everywhere we look these days we seemingly are bombarded with demands for donations. We are asked by everyone to be ‘more charitable’. I sometimes feel and more so in today’s climate that we need to be more charitable towards our own country[s] first.  In the UK today we have poverty … we don’t often hear and read about it, but it is present and in fact this country despite being a developed country sadly has a population of just under 25% who live in poverty which is up by 2% since 2016.

We have more food banks today than we had as little as five years ago. Our children and the elderly experience poverty more and yet still we see advertising for charity to be donated abroad.

A few years back l was involved in an organisation that asked ‘What if society was asked to simply donate a penny every time they donated money .. would this be more affordable and realistic – a mere penny? What would happen if every single able bodied person in the UK donated one hour of their time per week to charity – would this make a huge difference?

What would happen if the unemployed were asked to donate their ‘free time’ weekly to charities, would this make a profound difference to the overall state of things? How do you feel about charity – should it start at home first?

What do you feel about charity really and should we give to charity and if we should, what should we give?

I try and do what l can when l can … in the past l have volunteered my time freely. Of late time wise, l am offering nothing. I donate to several charities monthly – l am in a position to do so now. However, l do give to charity’ in other ways as best as l am able which means both Suze and l at Christmas try to make up half a dozen boxes for the homeless. We could do more, but we do what we can and are able to.

Why do people donate to charities?

a] Belief in organisation?

b] Good deed for the day?

c] The feel good factor

d] Making a difference?

e] Other?

I think those who do donate on a regular or frequent basis – even if simply occasionally do so for a number of different reasons.  On the monetary level l tend to award financially to conservation projects in the hope that l am helping to make a difference. The organisations l support, l believe in with 100% conviction and have seen the work that they do, and feel somewhat pleased that l am able to assist in an albeit small way. When we do the boxes for the homeless – it awards me a feeling that l am doing what l can to help although l still think what else could l do? Not all charities seek volunteers. I do worry that the monies donated are arriving where they need to.

What’s a penny to you as in ‘See a Penny .. think of what?

a] Every Penny Counts

b] Pick it up!

c] There isn’t a bad penny?

d] Worth every penny?

e] Other?

For me, it is always ‘See a penny, pick it up!’

If you were asked to donate a single penny, cent as in a  a single unit of the lowest of currencies for your country, would you or would you?

a] Just donate the penny?

b] Donate more than that single penny?

c] Donate nothing, no pennies?

d] Only donate online?

e] Something else?

I never quite understood why this never took off – but apparently it is because it’s concept was ‘tooooooooooooo’ simplistic to understand. Other charities also were fearful of it becoming a thing – why? Because they feared that people would only give a penny etc. and this would encumber their charitability??’  That a penny wasn’t enough?

My belief was that a penny would always be enough, because there was a higher likliehood that people ‘would’ feel more obliged in awarding smaller units of currency – change from pockets etc in comparison to having to feel guilty about not donating bigger amounts. 99% of the population could afford a penny. If l was only being asked to donate a single ‘penny’ to make a difference, l would donate a single penny but l would probably do so more frequently.

When did charities become so greedy?

So there we go, my four answers out of the way, now your turn … let me know your answers below or should you wish to, by all means create a post – your choice. Should you choose to do so, please do include a ping back to this link …. Question Fun Directory

Thanks for reading, Rory

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  1. I think donations of time help, but without money most charities aren’t going to be able to fulfill their purpose. I used to donate regularly to a local poverty organization, the local food bank, an animal rescue organization, and the Red Cross. I haven’t donated money at all in the last few years because my income’s been quite low.

    1. Hey Ashlet, l also think time would be a greater donation but not all charities are geared up for that … l think the whole system of charities needs to be shaken up, too many organisations are working on old conventional donation platforms now … most people would like to help, but simply are unable to commit financially and this is where organised time would step in.

  2. We I was doing activism in the late 90s, a couple times a year our group of friends/co-activists would set up in a park and barbecue hot dogs and have side dishes to feed homeless people.

    I give where and when I can. I gave a man the ugg boots off my feet one night at the corner market because he was homeless and had no shoes and it was cold.

    The penny idea is brilliant!

    See a penny, pick it up

    There’s no reason except bureaucratic red tape that so many people are homeless and hungry in US, UK…etc. There are billionaires and people are hungry and homeless??? Its wrong!!

    I always drop change or a dollar in the red bucket of Salvation Army during Christmas time. My daughters wanted to put the money in when they were little, thought it was a treat. This is part of how I taught them charity.

    Did I answer them all?😂

    1. You did indeed answer them all and marvelously.

      The Penny idea was and is awesome … l was asked to come up with an advertising campaign for it … however, charities were against the concept and it was at that point that l started to look very warily at ‘people’ charities.

      Years ago, charity boxes were shaken to get pennies in this country the largest l ever donated in my twenties was between 1pence to ten pence .. but if the expectation only requested a penny more people would donate and they do so more often … but oh no, charities want £5 a month and some minimum .. this is wrong.

  3. Great post Rory 😀 .
    As this is something near and dear to my heart your answers brot a teir to my eye 😢.

    1. I think Charity is a great thing there’s so many people out there that need help and are government isn’t doing shit to help those that really need it.
    On the other hand I dislike money making Charity’s that are all about making money for them selves like ” Feed the children ” that keep 90% of the money for them selves. 👿

    2. As people donate for different reasons I can’t give one answer to the question.

    3. As I’m a little superstitious I only pick up Penny’s that are face up hoping to get a little good luck.

    4. If I had it to give I would.

    As for your 5 question yes you could help out the homeless you see and no Charity’s like the ” Red cross ” help out in dezasters in other countries and that’s a good thing too.

    The problem with Charity’s this days ( at least in the US ) is they can be legally croked and what I mean by that is all they have to do is say their ” non for profeat ” and spend only like 3% of the money they bring in on the actual Charity so people don’t want to give money just to go into some else’s pocket that’s one of the reasons you see so many Charity’s this days, around here there’s so many croked Charity’s it will make your head spen. 😒

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    1. Hey Dawn, totally agree with you – a lot of charities have a lot to answer for and no one is bringing them to explain their actions most of the times unless the news exposes them. Charities should be moderated and regulated. Otherwise people become robbed.

      1. That’s what happened to Feed the children a few years ago the news poped them for taking in billions and only spending a few million they were basically gust buying food and warehousing it. 👿

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  4. I think all of the above, but you have to investigate them first. Some of the biggest are not worthy.

    We always said see a penny, pick it up, all the day you’ll have good luck. I cant do it anymore or I’d fall out of the chair but the kids do.

    If I’m asked to donate at a checkout I always do, but I donated to different mail campaigns for years and I’m finally after five years, getting only a few notices. I just cant afford them all.
    There are some I really like but there are needs closer to home I do first.

    Volunteering your time is a great way to fill charity needs.

    1. Hey Cheryl,

      Nicely answered and thank you for doing so 🙂

      I agree, it gets and can get too costly, l think if more charities over here made more facilities available for voluntary work that would be a great way to donate for many who want to do something but simply cannot afford to. There are so many avenues for volunteers to assist as well from field work, to practice and administrations – but so many charities seemingly do not take advantage of this.

      1. LOL! Sorry if I get a little twerked, I can’t help if I become a tad emotional with certain questions pertaining to certain subject matters.
        What can I say, I’m quite passionate about certain things. 🤔
        Great questions, by the way. 😁

        1. No need to apologise l think the problems with charities are international – the biggest problems are charities are NOT regulated properly – if they were the RSPCA over here [animals] wouldn’t sit on £300 million in their bank accounts , wouldn’t have a share in the NSPCC – National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and would most assuredly not have a seat on the Welsh Assembly nor not carry any political clout …like they do .. that is the end result of a charity that has greed gone to its head .. BUT because it has ROYAL in front of its name it gets away with murder .. and in some cases literally due to their ‘euthanasia’ policy.

          1. EXACTLY! I have no patience for people who sit up there on their high horses with oodles of cash pouring out of every orifice of their bodies begging and pleading for money, when they themselves should be contributing!
            Dang! I’m heated today. I’ve got to chilax. LOL! 😁 😂 🤣

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