When it comes to donation, people generally think about rich people, poor people as well as philanthropy at once. Indeed, donation is closely related with the rich, the poor and philanthropy. As one of those countries which are famous for the most developed philanthropy, America has possessed more than 1.4 million non-profit charitable organizations, let alone those for profit. Those large and small charitable organizations, in name of religious groups, or in forms of foundation and fund-raising organization, have been distributed in every corner of various communities of America. Certainly, every American is supporting the existence and development of those charitable organizations. Some people ever said that a stingy American might only give his best friend a wedding present valued 50 dollars but he could donate 500 dollars to charitable organizations. It is just a joke but it fully reflects American people’s attitude towards philanthropy. The modern philanthropy is the major mark by which individuals and enterprises are able to improve their political and social status, especially in America. It is not an exaggeration that most Americans today are participants or beneficiaries of philanthropy. Charitable organizations provide various forms of help to people. They offer free lunch to rovers and retired old people. They give money and articles for daily use to households in poverty. They provide scholarships as well as grants to poor students. They give legal aid to people in financial trouble. They also set up shelters to help orphans, homeless people and battered women. In a word, those charitable organizations have done too much for the disadvantaged minority in the society.
From what has been mentioned above, we can see that donation and philanthropy are related with weak and poor people and what they have done is worth great compliments. However, philanthropy should have broader contents and extension. As we all know, pollution has been an urgent and serious problem on the earth and proper solutions are quite important. In such circumstance, people are encouraged to invent new technology and equipment to solve the existing problems, for example, the solar panel battery is a kind of great invention which could reduce pollution. Scientific research always needs some investment. Therefore, if inventors could obtain enough capital thus making successful invention, people all over the world are the beneficiaries. So isn’t such kind of donation, to some extent, more meaningful?
As for philanthropy, people will never ignore Bill Gates, a great philanthropist in the world. The major donation from Bill Gates has flowed into many developing countries which need advanced and new technology. It is no doubt that the giant of Software has far sight. The good news is that many charitable organizations in America, have started to pay more and more attention to new technology and public welfare cause donation ranging from diseases treatment, education, scientific research to public media. Donation for creational activities which are favorable to human beings can always get more beneficial effects. Of course, reasonable distribution of capital of charitable organizations is also very important.
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