A charity effect is an unexpected benefit resulting from an act of charity. This concept is typically ignored or even rejected by those who advocate compulsory tax-and-spend programs instead of voluntary charity.
Examples of the charity effect include:
- in volunteering to teach others, there is a remarkable and unexpected benefit to the understanding of the teacher himself
Historical examples of the charity effect include:
- invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell, who was originally simply trying to develop a hearing aid for the deaf
- development of the Jacuzzi by Candido Jacuzzi, who was simply trying to help his 15-month old son deal with painful, crippling rheumatoid arthritis