“The most important issue for me is how people who donate or who start these kind of projects present themselves — if they expect the receiver to be thankful or if they do it more silently in order to help and not to gain personal status benefits,” said Benjamin Haas, a research associate at the University of Cologne’s Institute for Social Policy and Qualitative Social Research Methods. “The question about the motivations of the giver is crucial.”
Shoot. Could’ve sworn I’ve read this somewhere….hold on… Matthew 6.
6 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.