Category: Opinion

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.

Missed opportunity

During Bill Clinton’s recent visit in support of KY candidate, he should’ve reiterated “case for a transcendent rural America,” a philanthropic possibility.
“Bill Clinton isn’t a candidate for anything anymore, except perhaps for post-presidential philanthropist for all eternity, and his partner Hillary Rodham Clinton isn’t an official candidate for anything—yet.… MORE >>

“Philanthropy over politics”

“Rare is the liberal who’ll take the high road,” comments Emmett Tyrrell on Bill Clinton’s attendance at Richard M. Scaife memorial service.
“One would never guess who attended Dick Scaife’s memorial service on the Pennsylvania countryside last week.… MORE >>

Where Amazon doesn’t deliver

Business as extension of founder’s personality: Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, two “titans” whose companies seem to take philanthropic cue from personal example.
“Microsoft and Amazon are companies closely identified as extensions of their founders’ personalities, and when it comes to philanthropic giving, that largely seems to be the case.… MORE >>

Ohio pride

OH is birthplace of presidents, LeBron James, and the community foundation: Cleveland columnist reminds his neighbors of their philanthropic patrimony.
“Examples of creative philanthropy and creative philanthropic leadership in the region abound if one looks for them.… MORE >>

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