Originally Posted by traderumor
A wise king once said "let another man's lips praise you." The lesson of the widow's mite vs. the shouting and yelling of religious leaders over their offerings. True philanthropy should be done not seeking one's own glorification, but with the motive of helping others. That comes off best when it is done privately. Public recognition for big donors with names splashed across stuff usually can be easily misconstrued.
I absolutely understand and respect that view. However, for people like pro athletes or entertainers who have a public following, their show of support for a cause can drive and inspire their fans to support the cause, too. If the motive is to provide as much support for the cause as possible, I have no problem with people using their influence and public profile to reach their goal.