The social nature of being human
The social nature of being human

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The social nature of being human

3.1 Your experiences of charitable giving

Start by reflecting on your own experiences of giving to charity in the following activity.

Activity 4 Your experiences of charitable giving

Allow approximately 15 minutes

Think about your own experiences of making monetary donations to charity by answering the following questions:

  • When did you last give to charity?
  • What kind of charity was it?
  • Would you give to someone begging on the street?
  • What about a charity collector with a tin?
  • What makes you more (or less) likely to give to charity?

Here you’re not being encouraged to give to charity (indeed, some people have argued against charitable giving from an ethical standpoint). No one else will see the answers to these questions, so if you answer that you never give, or if you’ve got particularly controversial or sensitive personal reasons for giving that you’d rather remain confidential, they won’t be shared with others. These answers are just to get you thinking about what matters to you in your own practices of charitable giving. Thinking about your own experiences of charitable giving is a useful starting point for thinking about the way in which you, as a member of the public, receive messages about charity.

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Discussion

By thinking about your own perspective on charitable giving, you can begin to see how your act of giving does not just all of a sudden ‘pop’ out of your head but exists in a web of experiences, thoughts and values.

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