I don’t think it’s just me. The phrase “a charity case” raises the notion of an impoverished person or community desperately needing help or support because they have neither the resources nor the capacity to provide for themselves. Charity is about helping people in need, about being benevolent towards others, about being “kindly”.
Thankfully, as humans, we are deeply capable of such benevolence towards others – humanity would be in a far sorrier state were we not supportive of, and engaged with, those around us. This is after all the essence of community. But not all giving falls into the Charity Case. The world of giving is broad and complex and there are as many people with a passion for a cause as there are causes to support.
There are thousands of non-profits in South Africa that are not about “charitable causes” or social welfare ie. providing food for children and blankets to the homeless; ensuring transport for the aged; or donating wheelchairs to those unable to walk. While welfare organisations are critical to maintain services that meet basic human needs, there are thousands of other organisations that help form the backbone of our civil society. These organisations play a huge range of different roles that contribute to our social development.