Charity doesn't evoke change. Research shows that for lasting change to take effect people have to be invested in their own transformation. So consistent charity or free services can actually harm service users, encouraging dependance and defeating the purpose of the help intended. As role models for their clients, social workers can't afford to set such poor examples.
The deal is, if you can spare a few bucks, you will really be helping people like this who lost his wife and daughter when a missile tore through the house that he built for them in Syria. This father (featured above) is also battling stomach cancer and has not been able to afford treatment due to lack of health insurance.
The statement made by Ahmad Ashkar, founder and CEO of the Hult Prize Foundation, that "charity alone is not enough," is no longer as controversial as it was in 2009. Today, this idea has become mainstream, as organizations increasingly deploy capital to the world's poorest through sustainable businesses, instead of traditional altruistic charity.
Women are disproportionately affected by the impact of climate change. Cleaner cooking resources are kept at arms length for women as male head of households dominate purchase decisions. As if the back-breaking work to collect wood to keep the fire burning was not hard enough, women get sick from the soot emitted from these very fires they light every day.
While there are many companies in the entertainment industry that make considerable monetary donations to a variety charities, one company consistently takes philanthropy to another level entirely. United Talent Agency, with one of the most impressive talent rosters in the business, consistently raises the bar in terms of fostering a culture of generosity and giving back to the community.