Category: Opinion

Impact, not overhead

Charity Defense Council rolls out billboards around Boston urging people to be less fixated on nonprofit overhead and more focused on their impact. “It’s conventional wisdom in the world of charitable giving: Good nonprofits spend as little as possible on overhead.… MORE >>

New Year’s resolution

When the “little balloon is a little behavioral nudge”: Canadian columnist resolves not to give to charities at the checkout stand anymore. “How many times over the holidays did you get asked if you wanted to ‘add a donation to [fill in charity name here] to your total’ at the checkout?… MORE >>

Some call it “savvy”

Pity the poor Good Samaritan of yore, who didn’t have metrics and mission statements to guide his giving (or so seems to imply this author). “As Matthew Bishop highlights in his book Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World, ‘The new philanthropists believe they are improving philanthropy, equipping it to tackle the new set of problems facing today’s changing world.… MORE >>

Am I just a sucker?

Slate writer wonders if she was a sucker to give $20 for subway rider’s sob story, but concludes true charity doesn’t count the cost (or verify the story).… MORE >>

Cheaper gas means more for charity

Oil prices have made gas cheaper than it has been in long time; reporter encourages fellow Hoosiers to consider this an opportunity to give more to charity.… MORE >>

How to preserve one’s nobility

Reflections on the royal penchant for nonprofits: They have “little else to say and nothing better to do” than lend support to good causes. “…[T]he hardest thing for hereditary monarchs to do is to find something to do.… MORE >>

Old economy, old attitudes

Pittsburgh notes that having Google in town is great, but thus far its corporate philanthropy doesn’t come close to that of old stalwarts like Heinz and Mellon.… MORE >>

How about no?

If the holiday season leaves you feeling assailed by worthy causes from all sides, the Wall Street Journal has some tips on how to say “no” without guilt.… MORE >>

A “hollowed-out public sector”

In more cities than ever, private wealth is filling in for a “hollowed-out public sector”; some worry net result is fewer amenities and opportunities for all citizens.… MORE >>

Happy Giving Tuesday!

“Giving Tuesday encourages charity after consumption,” avers Detroit News, and explains the history behind this newly minted holiday. “There is a day to give thanks. There are two days to get shopping deals.… MORE >>

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