Author Topic: "Charity starts at home" vs GiveWell Philosophy  (Read 5732 times)

RidetheRain

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 250
  • Age: 25
  • Location: Los Angeles
Re: "Charity starts at home" vs GiveWell Philosophy
« Reply #100 on: November 03, 2017, 05:55:18 PM »
I'm a bit of a charity begins at home type of person, but mostly I just do things differently at home than I do abroad.

For example, I like to donate time to local smaller charities but $$ to domestic&international charities for disaster relief, water cleanup, etc. I generally don't give a lot of dollars figuring I can do more later.

However, I also participate heavily in the Kiva Micro-loan agency. I figure the best way to support a country with a bunch of people with a bunch of problems is to help stimulate their economy through business finance. It gives small business a chance to grow when they wouldn't otherwise have the credit. I started doing this after I heard about TOMs putting some local people in some poor country out of work because they make shoes that no one will buy anymore. Charity in the wrong place just makes more people dependant on charity. I still don't know if I'm doing the best thing, but it doesn't seem wrong?
See my journal

AnnaGrowsAMustache

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 298
Re: "Charity starts at home" vs GiveWell Philosophy
« Reply #101 on: November 03, 2017, 06:11:14 PM »
I'm a bit of a charity begins at home type of person, but mostly I just do things differently at home than I do abroad.

For example, I like to donate time to local smaller charities but $$ to domestic&international charities for disaster relief, water cleanup, etc. I generally don't give a lot of dollars figuring I can do more later.

However, I also participate heavily in the Kiva Micro-loan agency. I figure the best way to support a country with a bunch of people with a bunch of problems is to help stimulate their economy through business finance. It gives small business a chance to grow when they wouldn't otherwise have the credit. I started doing this after I heard about TOMs putting some local people in some poor country out of work because they make shoes that no one will buy anymore. Charity in the wrong place just makes more people dependant on charity. I still don't know if I'm doing the best thing, but it doesn't seem wrong?

I also believe that microfinancing is the best way to support people in developing countries. It lets people decide for themselves what they need, and encourages folk to take action in their own communities. Why do we need to hand out charity with all it's humiliations, when we can just give autonomy?

arebelspy

  • Administrator
  • Senior Mustachian
  • *****
  • Posts: 26858
  • Age: -999
  • Location: Traveling the World
Re: "Charity starts at home" vs GiveWell Philosophy
« Reply #102 on: November 03, 2017, 06:21:47 PM »
We've had long discussions on Kiva.

Many, including myself, have problems with their practices.  Search the forums for "Kiva" for discussion.

Just wanted to mention in case you aren't aware of the issues with them... but if you do read, and are okay with it, and that's what you enjoy, more power to you! :)
We are two former teachers who accumulated a bunch of real estate, retired at 29, and now travel the world full time with a kid.
If you want to know more about me, or how we did that, or see lots of pictures, this Business Insider profile tells our story pretty well.
We (occasionally) blog at AdventuringAlong.com.
You can also read my forum "Journal."