Municipal Functions

Municipal Functions

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ... kindhearted, it is necessary that street begging and house-to-house begging be absolutely forbidden in the city. Of course such a measure assumes that some other means of caring for the poor is provided, for unless the charitable giver were convinced that the deserving cases of need would be properly cared for, he would continue to encourage begging by giving to beggars, in spite of all laws. In realization of the inadequacy and the actually harmful consequences of individual indiscriminate dispensing of charity, the work of poor relief has generally been looked after in our cities by organizations, either by the various churches or by special charitable associations. Much of this work has been carried on successfully, but much of it has been little better than the unintelligent individual action which it was meant to replace. Indeed, even fraud has been practiced to a very large extent by organizations established for the purpose of soliciting funds in the name of the poor and then diverting the money to individual, selfish uses. The number of such fake charitable undertakings is very large, and they continue to flourish because of the very universality of the charitable impulse. Even when all organizations in a city are acting in perfect good faith and in the most approved manner possible, the work is not properly done. When a number of independent bodies are engaged in that work, there is bound to be overlapping and consequent waste of energy. The value of close cooperation and coordination has, therefore, led in many cities to the formation of a single association known as the United Charities of the city which comprises all the other legitimate charitable undertakings of the community. Curiously enough even in the altruistic work of poor...show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236613619
  • 9781236613615