The biggest reward of all, for pledging $10,000 or more, was no reward and no mention of your name.
Kickstarter campaign for the Marina Abramovic Institute
Doing something good without anyone else knowing about it is high risk. The risk comes from the way you end up feeling. I have done good deeds anonymously and gotten higher than a kite — and I have done them and ended up feeling nonplussed, bewildered, or foolish.
But the practice itself can be addictive. At the very least, looking for opportunities to do something constructive suggests that you have heroic potential. Which you do, of course. We all do. Anonymity then becomes a question of personal style: where and how you experience “the biggest reward of all.”
Practice: Experiment. Get someone a coffee, a car or a college education without them knowing. If anonymous giving suits you, enjoy!