Category: Giving & Politics

This presidential election has cheapened American philanthropy

Perhaps never before has philanthropy played such a prominent role in an American presidential election. For many months now, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has had to fend off charges that her foundation sold access to the then-Secretary of State.… MORE >>

Behind Trump’s philanthropy, or lack thereof

Like most newspapers, the Washington Post does not have any reporter whose beat is philanthropy—until this year, when David A. Fahrenthold became the Donald Trump philanthropy reporter.… MORE >>

State budgets largely to blame for ballooning college costs

For critics of soaring costs in higher education, it’s easy to pin blame on the usual suspects. Administrative bloat and increased spending on student-service amenities, detractors say, bear the blame for ballooning price tags.… MORE >>

Charities suspend collaboration with United Nations because of UN’s close ties with Assad

Despite protests by more than 70 relief groups, the United Nations plans to continue its aid collaboration with Assad’s government in Syria. In an open letter to the UN, the relief groups express “little hope that the UN-coordinated humanitarian response might operate independently of the political priorities of the Syrian government.” As a result, they plan to suspend their participation in the Whole of Syria information-sharing program, by which the UN gains access to information about developments in parts of Syria outside of the Assad regime’s control.… MORE >>

Clinton Foundation’s affront to American charity

Granted that politicians are often connected to foundations and that this produces unavoidable complications, is there still not some essential difference worth preserving between politics and charity – or, for that matter, between business and charity?  … MORE >>

Why are the elephants dying?

Elephant populations are plummeting, dropping by as much as thirty percent in fifteen African countries over the past seven years. These are the findings of a new multi-million-dollar survey funded mainly by Microsoft co-founder-turned-philanthropist Paul G.… MORE >>

Don’t Be Too Quick to Praise New Chinese Charity Law

Last week’s piece by Eduardo Andino on China’s new ‘Charity Law,’ which official Party organs in China are hailing as a landmark piece of legislation, pointed to some areas of growth in the country’s charitable giving.… MORE >>

Cheap Points in Kellogg’s Voter Rights Report

The Transformative Justice Coalition, a social justice advocacy group, recently released a one-hundred and fifty-six page report on ‘Protecting and Expanding Voting Rights.’ In addition to addressing issues surrounding voting rights, the Coalition concerns itself with police reform, youth leadership, and international human rights.… MORE >>

Does the Inequality Paradigm Measure Up?

Ford Foundation president Darren Walker wrote last year about the need for a “new gospel of wealth,” nodding in the direction of Andrew Carnegie’s famous 1889 treatise that has for its part so shaped the modern philanthropic establishment.… MORE >>

Republican mayor comes up with simple idea to help the homeless

Almost a year ago, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry launched his experimental program, There’s a Better Way, in order to help connect panhandlers with day jobs beautifying the city.… MORE >>

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