Many things can be seen as charitable or related to something
charitable even if their real intent isn't a charitable one;
with religious instutions you have things such as prayer services,
those cost money (to pay for priests, maintain facilities, etc):
but they could still be justified as part of charity in that they
need a community (customer base) to fund charitable work
At length, of moneys collected by charities, the cash always ends
up in some people's pockets, as is the nature of capitalism, and the
effect of the charity spending it. Oh, but no, they don't profit,
they just get to spend money on behalf of others: others profit
from the charity, especially those it hires.
People just like to set their concious at ease by donating money
to big corporations like churches and get the warm and fuzzy feeling that they've
done their share to help humanity, and that they can now happily ignore all
humanity in need of charity they see, since they've done their part.
Yet much of that little share goes to overhead, administrative costs, like
hiring the armies of employees to keep the giant organizations working,
accountants,, people to send out those requests for more $$$, &c., &c..
Religious institutions' intents of collecting funds might be
deemed charity, but that's not their only intent -- they want to
sustain themselves & their community (customer base) too.
Hey, remember Microsoft and their huge donation of billions
worth of software to Mexico?
Could that make them a charitable organization? What if they
started doing the same for other countries, maybe
donating software 'worth more' than their revenues?
Helping starving kids in 3rd world countries who've been
deprived for so long be able to boot up their computers to the
WinXP logo and see the renowned blue screen of death for once in their
lives! Sounds like a charity to me!
Who gets to say what counts as charitable work?
-Mysidia the insane @k5
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