2019年12月1日托福独立写作题目：When you give money to the charitable organizations, do you think that you choose how the donation will be used (for example, donate money on food or service or advertisement for organizations) or leave the decision to the organizations?
Nowadays, as charity donation becomes more and more popular, there is heated debate around whether the donors or the charity foundations shall decide where the money goes. For me, I still believe this decision shall be made by the charity foundation.
Firstly, charity foundations are more professional. As public organizations, they have direct access to many data and statistics that are not accessible to the general public. For example, they may have information about which villages are always under poverty and which neighborhoods are suffering from droughts recently. With our money donated to them, the charity foundations know the best how to allocate the donated money most effectively, so as the people actually in need can receive our support. In contrast, our only information source about the people in need is the media — except those suffering from severe natural disasters like earthquake, I hardly know who I can help even if I want to help them as much as I can. There must be many more other people whose tragedies are not covered by the media. Without charity foundations helping us to direct our money to them, we will never know their situations, let alone donating money to them.
Secondly, although some people may argue that some charity foundations are corruptive and that their donated money may fail to go to the people in need but instead flow into the foundation members, pockets. Indeed, since similar cases of corruption like that of the Red Cross have taken place a few times in these years, they have created very a deep negative social impact and have generated much doubt from the public. However, in terms of this public concern, I believe there is a very simple solution: as long as the charity foundations can report publicly where the money goes after they decide upon the donation allocation, the charities can ensure the public that they are trustworthy and that the donated money is really helping the people in need. This transparency is very crucial in this era when trust between people is harder to maintain than ever, but for a charity foundation, it is also just a simple process not very hard to achieve.
Admittedly, every individual has the right to decide where to spend their money. Many people use this as an argument in claiming that it should be the people instead of the charities to decide the money flow. Their argument might work well for those organizations that actually attempt to gain profits under the banner of “charity”. However, for most professional and official charity organizations, as long as they can publicly reveal the money flow after donation, we should invest trust in them and let them determine the effective money allocation. In conclusion, because charity foundations are more professional and thus can make sure the donated money really goes to the people in need, and because the public concerns regarding charity foundations are actually easy to resolve, I believe we should still leave the decision making around donation to charity foundations.