Marty Bluke notes that haredi appeals for tzedaka (charity) increasingly offer the donor something for his donation – special blessings, intercession on high, etc. What happened to the idea of giving just for the sake of giving, just for the mitzva, he asks?
I answer: It doesn't work when there are so many competing charities raising money from the same pool of people, especially in a society that has so many men learning full time and not working. There is not enough money to go around, so charities need every edge they can get – even if that edge is, shall we say, garish.
A better solution would be to combine schools and community organizations to reduce or eliminate duplication. But that cuts out a lot of patronage jobs and nepotism. And that ain't gonna' happen anytime soon.