It was never lost. To you, perhaps. To the beneficiary, it's meaningful any way they can get what they need. You mean, under threat from religion or for an advantage in community appreciation? Either way, the beneficiary gets what they need and your ego is secondary. That applies equally to church and secular charities. Either way, the beneficiary gets what they need. And this is a problem, why? Religions have sprung up from the worship of much worse things.