I have been many things in many life and a foster child and adoptee are just two of them, but I do know that without those who loved and cared for me, I would not be where I am or who I am today. For that, I will forever be grateful.
We live in an age in which our personal interests and activities can be tracked at scale. This enables us to understand our cultural values with a level of accuracy that would before seem unfathomable.
With giving already such an abstract concept, shifting it to something that happens behind the scenes -- or at least away from the community gathering -- means we 'lose a tangible teaching moment in how we form identity.'
Why is it that we are deliberate when considering what to buy, but not where to donate? A brochure shows up one day with a photo of a child who is in need of your help. Do you know where your money is really going?