Category: Books & Ideas

Wordsworth, Keats, and Lamb point to the importance of keeping the human heart in human aid

Charities have come under fire lately for many reasons, and non-transparent inefficiency is one of those reasons; but the Romantic writers teach us that we should not dissect the heart from giving.… MORE >>

Atoning almsgiving, the heart of Christian charity

Our associate editor, Jeremy Beer, gives a glowing review of David Downs’s book, Alms: Charity, Reward, and Atonement in Early Christianity, and a challenge to the contemporary view of charity.… MORE >>

Wealth disparity creates wealth-bubbles, insulated from real world

The increasing wealth disparity has geographical ramifications, and Charles Murray analyzes which US zip codes are more insulated from the rest of the normal, low-middle class rabble.… MORE >>

To challenge the fixed mindset of foundations

Erica Kohn-Arenas’ recent book, The Self-Help Myth: How Philanthropy Fails to Alleviate Poverty, continues to challenge the fixed mindset of many foundations. “Erica Kohl-Arenas opens her important and sharply-observed new book with a field note from her visit to organized philanthropy’s grand palaver, the Annual Meeting of the Council on Foundations.… MORE >>

Corporate globalism strikes at local fundraising campaign

In a case study that reiterates the tenet of philanthrolocalism, Elias Crim shares an interesting, and sad example of how global corporatism adversely affects a local fundraising campaign.… MORE >>

How philanthropy influenced the state

Many decry the infiltration of the state into the workings of private charity, but the way in which philanthropy has influenced the workings of the state have rarely been explored.… MORE >>

Harvard Magazine: don’t forget the university’s connection to eugenics

In light of contemporary biotechnical advances, the dark connection between Harvard University and the eugenics movement needs to be revisited to forfend against repeating such atrocities.… MORE >>

New book claims foundations help keep people in poverty

The Self-Help Myth explores the role foundations have played in supporting the conditions that keep people in poverty without giving them opportunities to get out of poverty.… MORE >>

Conversations around philanthrocapitalism and lack of transparency of public documents

Two authors of some hot-topic books in philanthropy commence a mutual book review and Q/A between each other; neither author has met, but they run the gamut of interesting topics.… MORE >>

Do it yourself (sort of): setting up your nonprofit

There is work that is too important to be done for profit, and that is the basic rationale for the nonprofit structures; here’s how you start one.… MORE >>

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