Philanthropy plan: donate to charity every time you pay by bank card Watch
Banks are to adopt a system that allows people to make a small donation to charity whenever they withdraw cash.
The Government also wants shops to offer customers the opportunity to “round up the pound” when using a debit or credit card, with the extra money going to charity.
Under the proposals, anyone making sizeable charitable donations would get letters from ministers.
Any National Lottery winners who donated part of their windfall to good causes would be publicised on television.
The plans are unveiled on Wednesday in a discussion paper published by Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, who wishes to foster a culture of charitable giving.
I am in two moods over this. On the one hand, I would have absolutely no problem with shopping in say Tesco, spending £50.56 and then allowing the store to round it up to £51 whilst giving the £0.44 to charity. That's not a bad idea.
However, I would become severely ticked off if every time I withdrew money I was asked to donate some to charity - after a while that would become very annoying. I happily give money to charity because I know out of the few pounds a week I give, a charity can do some fantastic work (with others help as well). But the idea that every time I do something I am asked to donate... -_- go away!
So what do you think?
2) you cant encourage people to donate in return for publicity or a fancy letter, its not....well; charitable
3) most of them lot are millionaires anyway, the whole 'do it for others' thing is slightly hypocritical.
4) they could just take the millions of pounds that they would spend implementing it and donate that directly to charity.
In other words, do we get to choose which charities we donate to? I mean, isn't that the point of giving to charity - you choose. Otherwise it's just another tax.
As for the idea, yes, it's pretty useful. I know Sainsbury's do/did this, allowing you to round up. It worked well.
It's good to see the "nanny state" morphing into something more immediately acceptable to the right though, hmmm. People just need a bit of a nudge from the state to give more to the not-for-profits who will have to pick up the slack left by the government's own spending cuts. Thanks anyway though man.