Is it still altruism if you're compensated for it? If you make a donation, but then file the receipt with your taxes, or provide something to someone cheaper than they'd normally get it, but you're still being paid, is it really a selfless act? It's blatantly obvious when a business does it - donations in exchange for positive advertising. Why don't we admit the same when it's an individual rather than a corporation?Answer Question
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Why does charity have to equal altruism? As long as the donations are being made legally and it helps the non-profit or charity then what would it matter the reasons for it being done. I "work" as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). For this I commit at least one year of my life (going on my third year now) to national service. I would be lying if I said that I didn't get anything out of it in return. Cont...
Cont.. Although I do receive financial compensation (a monthly stipend, a scholarship, health coverage, etc), I also get in return the feeling of doing something good and changing my community. I could easily go out and get at the very least a minimum wage job and make more than I make now, but I wouldn't be doing something to give back to my community. I see it the same way for donations. Someone could hold a yard sale or sell their things on craigslist, ebay, etc and make more money than they would for tax deductions.