My company just concluded our annual week long drive to encourage employees to donate to our chosen corporate charity. The video presentation is pure SWPL--a plump, golden-toothed black woman in her early thirties thanking the organization for providing her with the training to become a CNA, a white guy who can't have children acting as big brother to a black kid who loves to read ("We read the same book at the same time so we can talk about it together. 'Hey big bro, did you like what happened in chapter nine?' 'Dude, I'm only on chapter two!'"*), and an older white couple--the husband a retired CEO--volunteering at a health clinic. The narrator then informs viewers that each dollar donated is turned into $1.50 through dispersion. We're told the average homeless person nationwide is nine years old, not 29 years old, and usually under the care of an impoverished single mother.
The big brother must not have any nephews or second cousins. Instead of playing receptionist, the CEO could've added a lot more value by working another couple of months and donating his income to the charity than he will greeting and signing in clients for the next twenty years. But as Geoffrey Miller argues in The Mating Mind, human morality has likely undergone sexual selection pressures that make the act of volunteering itself more desirable than providing maximal utility for the entity being voluteered for.
With a multiplier similar to what we get with economic stimulus packages from the federal government, we should donate everything we have on condition of receiving back our original donations in the future, after they've spawned 50% of their original value for the charity. There would be no greater cause than perpetuating the culture and genetics of deadbeat men and dumb, reckless women!
I wish we'd adopt Project Prevention instead. We might actually make things better that way, instead of making them worse.
* Blacks make infrequent use of the word "dude". When a SWPL uses it around blacks, it's usually in a lame attempt to look at home in a situation that is actually quite foreign.