This is worth a read, and, in my opinion, absolutely right. The discussion is relevant to broader questions of identified v. statistical lives, as well as “choice architecture” questions about how charities ought to seek out donations. Take a look:
Full disclosure: Several years ago my family took advantage of a Make-A-Wish trip resulting from my younger brother’s leukemia. He is now a thriving adult and doing great, and the experience was incredible, especially for those families with children facing terminal diagnoses. But the fact remains that this really has to be seen as a “luxury” charity – and when faced with a stark side-by-side choice of where the dollars could be spent, Peter’s analysis nails it.