Opinions on Philanthropy and Charitable Giving

Kofi Annan's Astonishing Facts

Just 4% of the wealth of the world’s richest men could provide for entire globe: basic education, basic health care, adequate food, clean water and safe sewers.

The Case for Increased Grants Payout

Higher payout means larger grants, and larger grants mean more nonprofit activity. Under current IRS rules, private foundations are only required to distribute yearly a minimum of 5% of their net investment assets as payout.

US foundation giving reaches record levels

U.S. charitable foundations have increased the amounts given to international causes at record levels. The growth of international giving reflects the changing world and the newer generation of givers.

Charity Rankings Giveth Less Than Meets the Eye

While it may make you feel better to know that your charitable donations are going to organizations that are highly rated by online charity rankings, these sites fail to quantify the most-important and most elusive charity measurement.

An Overemphasis on Measurement?

The arrogance of foundations that regard themselves as ‘experts’ on everything, and the way they make life difficult for NGOs.

Change and Charity: How You Can Ensure They Both Survive

Suggestions on decisive volunteering steps designed to ensure the future of charity in your area.

Investing for social impact lures investors

Community investing refers to socially responsible investing strategies designed to have some direct, positive social impact stemming from the actual investment. This would include investing in underserved communities or international options such as microfinance.

Farm-in-a-bag offers Africa lifeline

Agricultural roots can help the poor of Africa’s densely populated slums get ahead. The "farm-in-a-sack" creates mini-farms that improve the nutrition intake of those families.

Great Pleasure from Giving

Being able to make a difference to a whole family is incredible, especially when for the price of a new PlayStation you can build a family a new home.

Talia for President

If your image of a philanthropist is a stout, gray geezer, then meet Talia Leman, an eighth grader who loves soccer and swimming,

The Class System of Catastrophe

Disasters often hit the poor the hardest. It doesn't have to be that way.

Researchers criticize AIDS spending, stigma

Nearly 3 million lives have been saved by HIV/AIDS treatment but scarce resources are being misspent and stigma is still keeping the most vulnerable from seeking help. And every day, more than 7,000 people become infected, more than twice as many as are able to start AIDS treatment.

The Virgin Rape AIDS Myth

A widely held belief is that if a man with HIV or AIDS rapes a virgin he will be cured of his disease.

Half of kids suffer war, poverty, AIDS

The Millennium Development Goals, which aim to improve the world through human development, could be achieved at an annual cost of $40-$70 billion. In comparison, world spending on military in a given year is 10 -20 times this amount.

Foundations should be grantmakers, not investment bankers.

Federal law requires that foundations pay out 5 percent annually. Foundations could spend at least 6 percent in payout without hurting their endowments.

Shame on us! Christians in America know very little about serious giving

The evidence is overwhelming: We Americans are by no means the generous, giving people we like to imagine. Most evangelical Christians in America could double their giving and still fall short of the tithe God instructed.

Small donors show up U.S. aid

It doesn't look pretty: The United States ranks last among the world's 28 top foreign aid donor countries. According to a United Nations report Human Development Report, based on foreign aid relative to the size of a nation's economy, the United States is devoting only 0.1 per cent of its gross national product (GNP) to help the world's poorest countries, less than any other industrialized nation, well below Denmark, the Netherlands, Japan and even Spain and Portugal. What's worse, U.S. foreign aid has been cut in half over the past 10 years. Is this something we should care about?

Giving Where You Live (In These Cases, Literally)

After 33 years as a school psychologist, Ralph Rosenberg retired, and although he was only 55, he was already thinking about his legacy. He considered selling a studio apartment he owned and donating the profits to a charity. He had bought the apartment as an investment property for $64,000. But when he had it appraised, it was worth more than $200,000.

Faster Charity

The burgeoning federal deficit, coupled with new spending for defense and homeland security, will soon put health care, education and other social programs in a serious squeeze. Yet this crunch can be eased if America's richest foundations and other nonprofit groups distributed more of their money now instead of saving for the future.

Good intention not enough to run charities

Madonna's failed bid to open a school for poor girls in Malawi shows that running a successful charity requires not just good will but also a solid business plan, philanthropy experts say.