Is the Donors’ List Acceptable?
Living in a world of change, we can not predict whatwill happen in the future. We probably will be reducedto helplessness by unexpected accidents andnatural disasters. It will be greatly appreciated thatmany unknown people will offer helping hands. Asusual, donors’ names and donations are made publicin bulletin board or in other forms by donationproposal initiators. It is believed that the juxtaposition of donors’names and their donationwill make compliments to donors and encourage more people to offer a helping hand. For me, Ithink it is enough to tell the public what donation has been collected by initiators but donors’names and their donation should not be made public.
Firstly, while people consider offering a helping hand, they do not intentionally expect beingrewarded. When the donors’ list is made public, the public will not only be impressed by thebenevolence of the donors, they will also believe that those donors are expecting complimentsfrom both the public and donation receivers. In the case that there are donors who donatemuch more money than average, it is likely that thepublic will accuse those generous donorsof showing off, instead of complimenting their benevolence and generosity. While people donot expect reward for their benevolence, they do not expect accusation, either. Besides,benevolence can not be measured by the amount of donations. The publication of donors’ listmay direct people to think otherwise. Those who donate more money would be regarded morebenevolent than thosewho donate less. Anyway, it is unfair to accuse those who donate dueamount in accord with their purse.
Secondly, the publication of donors’ list may pose potential dangers to donors. Generallyspeaking, people will donate what is reasonable in line with their financial situations. Thosewho rank high in big companies or run their own business usually are expected to donatemore money. However, for many Chinese people, making a name is not a good thing. That iswhy business people always keep silent when asked how much money they have earned. Onereason for their being afraid of making a name is that malicious people will become jealous. Insome extreme cases, criminals may calculate the amount of affordable ransom based on thedonation if they kidnap these wealthy donors.
Finally, what concerns donors most is whether their donations can be timely forwarded tothose in need. Given aforementioned negative impact of donors’ list, it is not necessary tomake a donors’ list.