The medieval philosopher Maimonides was one of the wise men of the ages. He once outlined the golden ladder of giving:
- To give reluctantly, the gift of the hand, but not of the heart.
- To give cheerfully, but not in proportion to need.
- To give cheerfully and proportionately, but not until solicited.
- To give cheerfully, proportionately and unsolicited, but to put the gift into the poor man’s hand, thus creating shame.
- To give in such a way that the distressed may know their benefactor, without being known to him.
- To know the objects of our bounty, but remain unknown to them.
- To give so that the benefactor may not know those whom he has relieved, and they shall not know him.
- To prevent poverty by teaching a trade, setting up a man in business, or in some other way preventing the need of charity.
For Instance, Donald T. Kauffman, page 207