Personal donations—whether from a child's piggy bank, a neighborhood garage sale, or a church fundraiser, are given out of a personal need and desire to help. For nonprofit, private organizations such as the Salvation Army, these accumulated donations are foundational to their work. Popular figures also use their star status to encourage others to give, as well as give from their own resources.

Money from personal donations provide relief organizations with cash that can purchase water purification tablets, food, shelter, and medical supplies for relief efforts and humanitarian aid after disasters. Even the United Nations (UN) has admitted that in recent years, funding from donor governments has proved insufficient to fund its requirements, and increasingly, the UN has appealed for private donations. Some of those private ...

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