A beggar, a busker, or a charity worker? Who are you most like to give money to?
Do you have a criteria which you use to determine who you donate money to?
I'm most likely to give money to a charity worker because I can be certain that my money is going towards something helpful/productive.
That said, I have given money to all of them. If a homeless person asks me for money and I have a dollar or two in change I usually give it to them. I can't be sure that they won't go spend it on drugs, but I choose to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume it will go towards food or a warm drink on a cold day.
I think you've expressed some of the concerns we all have of giving to someone who is begging.
Some people believe when giving to charities the money will get used for administrtion costs. It can be a minefield. Thanks for your answer.
Administration costs are necessary, I never understood why people were upset about their money being spent on that. A lot of places now do give you the opportunity to choose where exactly within the organization your money goes, though.
Yes, you are right. My friend was a nurse with the Red Cross and when she donates, she tells them where she wishes it to go. Admin costs are necessary to keep everything running smoothly.
A busker, because that's a tough job, and I admire anyone who tries it. Then, a charity worker, but only if I've checked the charity out, and am sure the money is going to those in need, rather than those feeding their greed. I generally don't give money to folks begging on the street, but when I lived in DC, and had to walk past dozens of guys on Capitol Hill sleeping on the metro grates, I often bought extra food and gave it to them.
Prefer to donate the charity worker, at least there is such charity hime and get the receipt from her or him!
It depends on the person and the occasion. When I feel some sympathy seeing his face or cause, then I will donate to a beggar or charity worker. But, A busker is always offered something by me, as he deserves it by way of his performances.
But, sometimes, I think beggars become habituated to begging instead of doing some work to earn. I see them coming from far away places and sit at the weekly markets here. They could have took some kind of job instead of sitting here for begging. It makes me worried. But, we are helpless. So, sometimes, I give him and sometimes avoid.
It is diffiuclt to know who is in genuine need and who sees begging more as an occupation. In the UK there are many who are scammers and pretend to be 'on the streets' but have driven to their prime location to beg daily then return home.
Yes, it is much difficult to trace genuine ones. But, listen to your intuition and rely on it. Then take God's name and offer. That's what we can do.
In order it would probably be
busker (presuming that they had some iota of talent)
a beggar (believing the best in people, I'd hope they needed it for food, drink or housing)
and finally a charity worker (often I find charity workers in the UK overly pushy, if I donate to a charity I take some time to research to make sure it is something I believe in)
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