The City of San Bernardino prohibits panhandling but does not yet have in place any prohibition of direct giving to panhandlers.
I propose that the City prohibit direct giving to panhandlers and that the City, instead, collect donations for poverty-related programs and services or for private charities that help the indigent.
For example, simple signs at freeway exits and in other heavily-trafficked places might ask people to text a particular number in order to donate a certain amount of money. Credit-card users might be provided a Web site or a telephone hotline. And, inside business establishments, and in other places with a significant amount of foot traffic, kiosks could be made available to accept both bills and change.