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Far to go / loving and giving
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redbird From: redbird Date: May 14th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
The whole model seems profoundly weird to me: there's no meaningful connection between the activity and the donation. It's not like, say, a benefit concert, which raises money because performers donate their fees (and sometimes the hall etc. is also donated), and the money is there because people want to hear that band or see that play. They may pay more for tickets, figuring it's for a good cause, but at base, I give them money, they give me a show. Few of the people sponsoring someone in that run are going to go out and watch, I suspect.

But at least you're going out to do something you actually enjoy; the weird ones are the things where people agree to pay people to do things that don't benefit anyone and don't appeal to the doers--someone jumping rope for a cause who really dislikes rope-jumping, say.

Someone mentioned charity shops. Those, again, in addition to raising money and producing awareness, are selling something people want. A charity shop got C$7.50 from me for someone's old coat. That's their benefit. I've been happily wearing that coat in late autumn and early spring for the last few years. Everyone wins.
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