Donation is a kind act unless it isn’t. You might have donated food, clothes and money to the needy. Person who was on the verge of giving up. You did the right thing by helping him/her.
What if I told you he scammed you and your donation has gone waste?
Will you gather the courage to do the good thing again? Are you reconsidering how you do the donation or whether you should even consider it?
Think of it this way –
You weren’t willing to get the new t-shirt for $50 because you thought it was costly. The same $50 you donated something which was dear to you. And they misused it to buy stuffs like alcohol instead of food.
In a sense you fueled the donation-cum-scam economy to survive and thrive. You are the reason those scumbag have the guts to fool you and others again.
The Alternate Donation
Donating-cum-helping is a brave act and selfless one. The ugly side of it is harmful to society and to you. You are funding the scam thinking it is the next good thing in your bucket.
With due diligence you can cut the chase and do good with confidence.
When you need to donate something, try to donate the necessary things which are bought used. This way they won’t be able to sell and earn huge profits.
To make sure it is being used, visit the NGO or schools and hand over the good individually to the needy kids, students.
Try to avoid donating money. Ask what they need and give them that thing and revisit the place few things to make sure the progress is being done. Since you have donated, it is your right to ask for the usage of the donated item.
If the organization is hesitant or not transparent then probably they are scam ones.
Wash your hands with them and move on to the next needy one. Eliminate the ones which are shady and stick with those which are transparent and progressing.
Scams And You
It is easy to extort money from donation and that’s why these scams exists. You needn’t feel guilty. You were doing the right thing.
What you can do is be confident in the organization and not fall prey to the scam ones.
There is ugly side to everything in this world. You choose the side which you want to identify with.