As a PETA rep is quoted as saying, “Five-hundred dollars isn’t going to make up for the suffering this bear endured.”
And $500 isn’t going to make the difference between success and failure in the organization’s mission. But this judgment does undermine, however subtly, the work nonprofits are doing toward meaningfully engaging donors.
The judge meant well, but PETA should have thanked him and refused the donation. Call me quixotic, but it would have been a small price to pay to stand up for the integrity of giving.