The mysterious Red Cross

In 2006, I wrote a two-part article for the Capital Research Center on the history of the American Red Cross. I noted at the time that several reports about the Red Cross you’d think would exist didn’t.… MORE >>

Thanksgiving and the call of home

Thanksgiving is holiday of homecoming for many Americans, but that homecoming may be fraught or joyous: the home of our childhood can be a place we have fled, or a place to which we return for solace and completion.… MORE >>

Keeping Rembrandt off the auction block

The death last Friday of María del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva, 18th Duchess of Alba, served to posthumously introduce the eccentric aristocrat to a large audience of English-speakers who may not have been previously aware of her.… MORE >>

Giving Tuesday: What gives?

After the turkey and stuffing have become leftovers, after the WalMart aisles have been raided and pillaged, and after Amazon has convinced you to buy it all (with just one click!), the nonprofit world will turn its eyes next week on December 2 to the third annual “Giving Tuesday.” Created as a response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this “holiday” was established to “celebrate and encourage charitable activities, volunteer opportunities and advocacy to support non-profit organizations.” Here at Philanthropy Daily, we have covered Giving Tuesday since its inception.… MORE >>

Two problems for philanthropy

Here are a couple of observations many people who will never be called “philanthropists” have probably made: one is that large givers, oddly enough, still live largely, whereas the rest of us don’t and never will; the other is that the “rest of us,” whatever our “charitable contributions” are or may be, won’t ever be called “philanthropists”—our love for mankind notwithstanding.… MORE >>

Blind date: Philanthropy and medical research

We all agree that giving money to medical research is a good deed. We’re not bothered by the idea that people give money to support research into fighting a particular disease because either the donor had the disease or was close to people who had the disease.… MORE >>

A hall by any other name

According to Jewish philosopher Maimonides, there are eight levels of charity, each varying by degrees of disclosure, willingness, and contribution. The highest level listed is helping one’s neighbor until he or she is no longer dependent on others.… MORE >>

GMOs: Fact, fiction, and the world’s poor, stuck in the middle

One of the ways environmentalists raise money is to scare people. If you don’t give us money, they argue, the earth will fry, the seas will rise, the few remaining polar bears won’t live within a thousand miles of a pole.… MORE >>

Philanthropists’ deal to salvage Detroit—but with what vision?

“What’s at stake is nothing less than self-governance.”  That’s what David Simon, creator of the television show The Wire, said in a speech last month when he described the state of American cities: We’re an urban species now .… MORE >>

Philanthropic research considerations from China

Four years ago when Bill Gates and Warren Buffet traveled to China, they were struck by the region’s cultural aversion to charitable and philanthropic giving. Commenting on their Eastern tour, The Economist later wrote that “few Chinese fat cats have embraced charitable giving.” Attempting to change this culture, Gates later plead in the People’s Daily (a Chinese daily newspaper operated by the Communist Party of China): “Only when we help poor people break away from destitution and illness can the whole world achieve sustainable development.” According to the Guardian, China is home to the second most billionaires in the world (with 358 at the end of 2013) yet ranks 115th among 135 countries in donating money and dead last in volunteering (figures provided by the Charities Aid Foundation).… MORE >>
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