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Should charity be given anonymously?


January 20, 2007

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Visitor Comments: 11

(11) Yaakov, February 6, 2007 7:58 PM

It made a real impact on me

I just want to say that as a child and until today every time I walk into my Grandparents homes and see the plaques on their walls and the letters in the mail from Yeshivos and Tzedakos from around the globe it makes me feel proud and reinforces my desire to do the same when I am older and will iy'h have the means to support others as well. There public charity has inspired me and many others.

(10) Finn K, February 4, 2007 2:29 PM

WHY are you giving

Do you see a need and wish in your own small way to fill it

Do you have a need for others to see, what a generous person you are

Is it not most often best not to tell who you are???

(9) Margarita, February 3, 2007 5:37 AM


I think it's very important to do things the way you feel comfortable with. I feel more comfortable not giving my name most of the time, however there is something else for people to encourage donations: tell exactly where money will go and how far of target are you. If one cannot decide to give 100 or 120 for the project and one knows that 130 needed, most likely that the amount one will give.
I find it frustrating sometimes when I want to know more about the charity or projects, and all I get is the wall of silence.

(8) Sarah, January 31, 2007 2:30 PM

Whatever suits you ...its all good

Charity is a good thing, we all agree. Although some give it for reasons other than altruism, it still reaches the needy. Whether it's a tax deduction, honor, or the desire to win at a chinese auction or a raffle, it provides the funds. I believe it is usually the chesed instinct that kicks in when we contribute. However, if we do enter a raffle, we are entitled to a chance to win and should not feel we aught to give the prize back.
I think giving anonymously is beneficial to the individual recipient rather than to an organization. Many individuals may be uncomfrtable with handouts, identifying them as needy, unlike organizations.
I had a cousin who would send her young kids to walk up the stairs to the top floor of a tenement building, where poor people lived, and they would throw a handkercheif with money near a door then run away, after ringing the bell. That was before tax deductions were ever given. At that time, the family were low income too, but they understood that there were others poorer still.
Those children ended up being super rich; perhaps Hashem noted that they had the right values imbued and would use their money wisely.
Rockefella, I saw in a documentary, took 10% off his first paycheck, and subsequent ones, to give charity, before he was rich. He worked as a bookeeper to support the family when his father left them.
Charity saves a life, it is said, and it is wonderful if we have it in us to want to do this great mitzva, anonymously or with great honor. Charity begins at home, but should not stop there.

(7) Andy, January 25, 2007 1:05 PM

anonymous or flaunting the best of both ways seem possible

There are reasons that giving anonymously is often stated by the sages as giving on a higher spiritual level. No public honor feeding the ego, and there is no risk of contributing to another's feeling of shame if others have self esteem issues and can only afford to give little or nothing. The other side is that I've never heard organizations claim that they received less money when the list of donors was not made public, and I've often heard the reverse. Recently I received a letter from the local Federation stating if I wished to not have my name included on the honor roll of donors I could check a box on the envelope so stating to confirm. That seems the best way to handle this delicate subject

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