People both do not often interact with charities or do not realize that they are being helped by one. One of my questions while I was in Rwanda and Uganda was to ask people whether they’d ever been helped by a charity, and if so, ask them more about what they liked and didn’t like about the experience. However, probably only about 5% of people said they ever had. I even often made the question broader by asking whether they or anybody else they knew had interacted with a charity, still with the answer being no.
I think the reason for this is twofold:
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I'm an effective altruist who co-founded Nonlinear, Charity Entrepreneurship, and Charity Science Health (Suvita)