Linda, it’s awesome to hear you sponsor 5 kids! My wife and I have been sponsoring a child through World Vision for well over 7 years now. However, I agree with Katherine’s sentiment that we ignore problems in our own backyard. As someone who runs a non-profit in the mental health arena, it’s tough as hell to get donors even though we’re marketing and Millennial savvy (I saw someone mention the problem was marketing). We recently won an award for Non-Profit of the year, are up for another potential award for social innovation, we have a beautiful website (I’m a designer), our email list is strong, our social media game is going well, and we have rabid fans. We even do contracting and consulting to help pay salaries instead of using donations. We know how to fundraise too. But I’ll be damned if people haven’t grown more and more consumeristic.
I think part of it is the By-stander Effect too. Everyone else assumes, “Oh, someone else will take care of that. I’m busy.” So while awareness is good to some degree, I don’t know that it moves people into action to give or help. And then don’t even get me into how you can run a non-profit that wants to help people overcome addiction, but they expect you to live damn near poverty level income and not use donations to pay employees. But sure, if you wanna make video games that glorify violence and sexual assault you can make a cool million and get featured on Wired magazine. But non-profits are the pariah?
All this to say, it’s complex and I don’t necessarily know what the answer is ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ , but appreciate your insight and kind soul.