Make the minimum amount for a gift photo dependent on the community

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I guess this is both a question and an idea wrapped in one, but as I'm sending out monetary gifts I've been wondering how the amount of $60 was decided on as the cutoff of when sponsors should receive a photo of the gifts. I'm mainly curious because frankly that's a big draw for me and if I have the money to give $60 or more, I'm totally going to do it and it seems like that may be a common draw for people to give just a little more. Where my issue comes in is with the kids who live in massively impoverished areas. I had to think long and hard about what I was giving them because for me, I want to give $60+ for the photo. However, that's more than half a years family wages for at least one of my children and that makes me not do it. Then that selfish picture-wanting part of me (which I'm sure so many of us have) feels disappointed, though, because it's like the onlyw ay to get the picture is to be possibly inappropriately spendy for the family. Has it ever been considered to make the gift photo amount dependent more on the community income rather than the amount of the gift itself?
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Official Response
Hello everyone! I just received a response from our our program department this morning! They shared with me that the minimum amount decision was the result of attempting to balance a desire to provide more reporting for our donors on how their gifts were used with the workload and cost that it takes to provide the photo. It is simply not cost effective if we were to provide photos for gifts under $60 at this time. It is unlikely that we would move to varying minimum photo standards for different communities for this reason.