The scientific community has been examining the motivation that drives people's actions. Genetics and/or Environment are usually featured as the sources of our behavioral pattern... nurture or nature ??? There is sufficient evidence to support either as the theoretical base for our actions. Most agree that both are a factor in determining what we do and why we do it. How we are raised, trained and educated contribute to our ultimate attitudes and activities as well as the biological aspects of our genetic heritage.
With this in mind, we can look at the charitable organizations to which we contribute. Our contributions take the form of donations of many kinds. Some donate money. Some volunteer their time and energy. Some contribute various goods and services among other things. By working with and through charitable organizations we collectively give to each other, to those of us who are in need. It is these contributions that define our 'generous' nature.
Many charities do fabulously great work to the benefit of many people. Some charities are simply a 'scam'. Those who establish a 'charity' for their own benefit and/or for the benefit of 'others' who are not in need exemplify the 'greed' aspect of our human character. They are the predators who prey upon the generous among us in a fraudulent manner. They should be stopped because they give a negative taint to human benevolence.
Human wars create many who are in need. Among the needy created in battles are those driven from their home and the maimed (on both sides of the conflict). Many of us are driven sympathetically to help and support those victims of armed conflicts. It requires a very 'cold heart' to be unmoved by those who suffer. It requires an even colder heart - perhaps a 'frozen heart' to take the suffering of some as an excuse to appeal to the generosity of others so that one can take advantage of 'charity' for one's own benefit.
Case in point, "Helping a Hero", a charity organization founded under the guise of building specially designed homes for injured veterans has become a focus for investigations at several levels of government, including the U.S. congress. This particular charity was founded by Roger Chapin, the “nonprofit entrepreneur” who founded the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes and Help Hospitalized Veterans among many other 'charities'. His veterans’ charities raised more than $168 million from 2004 to 2006, but spent only a pittance — about 25 percent — to help veterans. (source)
Roger Chapin admitted to a congressional panel . . . that one of his veterans charities reimbursed him $43,225 for a forfeited condo-purchase down payment, loaned $135,000 to help a longtime director finance a divorce settlement, and paid $17,000 (a year) for a country club membership."
Congressional representative Henry Waxman told Chapin, "It's unethical, it's wrong, it's really a fraud against Americans who ... give you their hard-earned dollars." (source)
"Dear God or Whatever Amorphous Force For Justice There Is In the World... please get quickly to George Bush, who in 2012 charged $100,000 to speak to Helping a Hero, a Texas-based charity ostensibly providing homes to amputees and other severely wounded veterans which may just have ripped them off instead. Bush also got a $20,000 private jet to take him there. A year earlier, his wife Laura had collected $50,000 for speaking to the same group, so it was a pretty good haul.
"Former marine Eddie Wright suggested that something isn't right here. "You sent me to war," he noted. “I was doing what you told me to do, gladly for you and our country, and I have no regrets. But it’s kind of a slap in the face.” He hopes the disclosure will bring to light larger issues about "non-profit organizations that exploit and monetize disabled veterans under the guise of caring." As to his former lying, inept, soulless Commander-in-Chief, Wright mildly notes, "I know a little bit about leadership. That's not the type of leader I aspired to be in the Corps and still do. I would never take money from my Marines." (source)
As a society, we have few laws to keep 'charities' within certain reasonable bounds. We have laws about virtually every aspect of our collective, social existence in this country. We should be confident that when we make 'charitable donations' that our money is being directed toward proper ends.