Does the Finnish/American government’s donation to the disaster relief indirectly hamper the individual donations of Finnish/American citizens? This doesn’t just apply to Finland or the United States, it can apply to any country.
Do you think Finns/Americans might say to themselves, “Well, I don’t need to donate anything myself because my government and tax-money is doing it for me?”
If Finland & the United States wouldn’t give any money to the disaster relief, would this raise, lower, or keep steady the amount of individual donations?
Finland has donated 2.5 million euros. That’s something like 48 cents per citizen. Big deal. If each person would donate just 10 euros, that’s 52 million euros from little Finland. Now of course there are unemployed persons and non-workers like children who couldn’t afford 10 euros, but surely some of Finland’s middle-class and wealthier citizens could donate 15 or 20 euros to make up the difference don’t you think?
We all know how Finland craves any competition with neighboring Sweden. Maybe a fundraising competition could be setup between the Swedes and the Finns to see which country could raise more money? Surely the Finns wouldn’t want to see their arch-rivals beat them.
I’m not saying I necessarily agree with all this but I have confidence that the Finnish & American citizens could easily outperform the normal disaster relief donations of their governments. In my opinion, 48 cents per person and even LESS from Americans is almost an insult to unfortunate victims in Asia.
…just a thought.