Full essay response to an IELTS (Academic) Task 2 question seen in Sudan

 

An online friend shared this question, as seen in Sudan in May of 2011:

Some people think it is better to give donations to local charitable organizations, while others choose to give to national or international bodies.  Discuss both views and give your own opinion.  Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant example from your own knowledge or experience.

Today, there is a vast number of charities collecting for an equally vast number of causes.  In addition to choosing a worthy cause, philanthropists must also take into account the integrity of the organization collecting charitable funds.  Opinions are often divided on whether it is better to give to local organizations or larger internationally-run charities. Both sides of this debate will be analyzed before a reasoned conclusion is found.

On the one hand, many people feel local charities are the better organizations to donate to.  In a sense, these sorts of charities tend to produce more measurable results, and thus the person making the donation is more able to see exactly what their donation is going towards.  A good example of this can be seen in my hometown, Ottawa.  In Ottawa, every Christmas marks a time when used toys are collected and redistributed to underprivileged children around the city.  The transparency of this exchange makes it understandable why may feel more confident when donating to a local charity.

On the other hand, larger international charities do a lot to stabilize global inequalities.  For example, vaccinations in many countries would not be possible were it not for the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Although the results of a person’s donation may not be as easy to detect as with local charities, international groups such as this radically alter lives and living standards around the world.  The drastic differences created by larger international groups make it obvious why they have won the support of many.

Following this look at local and international charities, it is felt both give tremendously to the human family, and thus to declare one better than the other is simply impossible.  It is hoped in the years to come that global generosity increases and that extreme poverty is eradicated.

Ryan’s notes:

  • Have you noticed my personal example?  (Delivered with minimal use of I, my, our, etc)
  • Word count: 304 (This is a little on the long side, in my opinion.  Ideal length is between 250 and 280 words.)

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