I'm not talking about donations in general here (like writing a cheque to Salvos, or some other charities), but when you see people on the street ask for spare change, do you give them any?
It can be a bit of a difficult issue. When I started working, I used to walk past this guy on the street every Friday night and gave him $5, only to later find out (according to a newspaper article) that he made more than I did
As to others, my soft side is usually ready to open the wallet, yet I then question what they would do with the money. Would it be for drugs? Was it any of my business what they did with it?
I also keep in mind the saying "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime". So if I just give them money, how much am I really helping them? I'm sure one trip to Macca's would put them back into square one. Would it be more worthwhile if one were to teach them about money? I mean, money must be earned, not given as of right, agree? What do we encourage if we just keep giving them money?
Interested to hear your opinions.