Category: Opinion


When state says no, turn to Philadelphia School Partnership: The Great School Fund is seen by some as a solution to city’s ailing school system.
“Some say money can’t solve Philadelphia schools’ problems.… MORE >>

The bubbling up of good intentions

Campaigns like Kiva and Detroit Water Project sound good in theory, but when they’re orchestrated from afar, they can inhibit real change.
“When I first heard about Detroit Water Project (DWP), I was intrigued.… MORE >>

Cash machine

This week, Harvard announced largest gift ever, $350m for public health, and some are asking if it’s time to strip the university of nonprofit status.
“The world’s richest university just got a little richer.… MORE >>

“Gamified” philanthropy

What’s old is new again: Whether it’s ice, rice, or tacos, these fads are just recent manifestation of something “really quite old and common”.
“Still, we seem to have entered an era rife with what Michael Hiltzik at the Los Angeles Times characterizes as ‘treating philanthropy as a sort of game, with the goal of making it go down painlessly.’ And gamified philanthropy may cause problems for charities.… MORE >>

New week, new ice bucket challenge story

“My fundamental problem with this icy fad is that it is another erosion of individual expression”: Columnist explains why he’s saying no to challenge.
“When I was nominated to take up the Ice Bucket Challenge the other day, a cold shudder went down my body – not because of the thought of ice cubes tumbling over me, but because this ridiculous craze had finally reached me.… MORE >>

“Invented in some kind of viral factory”

Admit it: you were wondering where this week’s ice-bucket challenge story was. At Slate, Felix Salmon writes about why giving to disease-specific charities is “a bad idea”.… MORE >>

“Less welfare, more charity”

“Less welfare, more charity,” is the cry of National Review… MORE >> columnist Michael Tanner, because based on what we’ve seen so far, welfare system is failing.
“Advocates of the modern welfare state continually tell us that if we didn’t have TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), food stamps, housing vouchers, and a host of other redistributive programs, there would be no one to care for the poor or those in need.

And even more on ice buckets

Fast and easy charity: Rick Cohen gives a run down of some of the better columns out there on the pros and cons of ALS ice-bucket challenge.… MORE >>

More on ice buckets

The fad of the summer: Don’t be so cynical, says columnist, the ice-bucket challenge on behalf of ALS has raised both awareness and $4 million.
“This August, it’s been as inevitable as a sun burn.… MORE >>

Charity began (and ended) at home

Forbes… MORE >> has a confession from woman who gave money to her brother: Turns out treating the arrangement like standard charitable giving was a flop.
“I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’ve learned from this process and I think it’s this: If you’re considering loaning money to friends or family, make sure you fully understand your expectations throughout the entire process, and make a plan together for how the money is to be used—before you give.

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