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Up Next: Public School Teachers Get Cozy with Donors

In our next podcast, anthropologist Amy Brown goes inside a New York City public school where students are mainly black and Latino, and the teachers mostly white. When it comes time to schmooze with donors at the spring fundraiser, teachers are hand-picked.

“It was all about maintaining this look as young, energetic, articulate teachers who are going to be attractive to potential funders of the school. As people who are going to work their hardest and look good doing it,” Brown says. Read more…

Top 10 of the Good Country Index  (Courtesy of Simon Anholt.)

How Much Good Does Your Country Do?

You’ve probably seen countries ranked by wealth, corruption and even happiness. But independent policy advisor Simon Anholt proposes a different yardstick: how much good a country does for humanity and the planet. Read more…

CHS students at Haitian Studies Conference in Haiti, 2014. (Credit: Matt Cone)

Inspiring Young Leaders on World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day honors those who’ve been affected by humanitarian crises or died in humanitarian service. August 19 is meant to inspire activism and solidarity against conflict, disease and suffering. Read more…

No Tech Solutions for Poverty, says Former Microsoft Researcher

Choose one thing that can lift people out of poverty and level the playing fields everywhere. It’s gotta be tech, right? From Lagos to Lima, computers and smartphones let people access the same information and design their own futures. But Yale and Harvard-trained computer scientist Kentaro Toyama argues that tech will never solve the world’s problems. Read more…

Curing Violence Like an Infectious Disease

American communities are still reeling and healing from recent gun violence, including the June mass shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C., and the gang violence that killed 10 people over July 4th weekend in Chicago. But our guests say there is something we can do about gun violence. To get there, we have to stop looking at the problem through a victim/perpetrator lens and begin tackling it at its root, like an infectious disease. Read more…

Mia Yonker, 8, hands out summer survival kits to homeless clients at The Stewpot in Dallas, Texas. (Photo courtesy of Amy Desler)

Helping the Homeless Beat the Heat

Tiny Spark reporter Stephanie Kuo recently visited the Stewpot, a Dallas-based social service organization that’s offering summer survival kits to the homeless. Children volunteers raise money and then assemble and distribute the kits themselves. It’s part of a program teaching them about homelessness, privilege and the importance of giving back. Kuo’s story aired on public radio’s Texas Standard.

Building a Self-Reliant Africa from the Bottom-Up

Teddy Ruge, aka TMS Ruge, has made a name for himself by pushing back against international do-gooders in Africa. The Ugandan-born writer and entrepreneur has spent most of his career questioning the very definition of international development.
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Your Letters: ‘Cultural Imperialism,’ Aid Work Advice

We recently hosted a debate about billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson’s decision to donate $400 million to his alma mater, Harvard University. We explored whether the Ivy League is a worthy cause, or if Paulson’s money could have done more good elsewhere … say, by giving it directly to the poor. After our podcast was posted on The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s website, one guest wrote in there.

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‘Slingshot’ Takes Aim at Water Crisis, Gains Ground in Cinemas

JULY 7, 2015 UPDATE – The Slingshot documentary is screening in New York and Los Angeles this month. The Huffington Post just came out with a glowing review of the film: “If you want to make an indelible gift impact on your family, your friends, your children and yourself, Slingshot is a certain success.”  Tiny Spark spoke to director Paul Lazarus last year. Read more…

How Much is a Celebrity Worth? Nonprofits Pay For Star Power

Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton have collected as much as $11.7 million for their foundation by speaking at nonprofit events. The money came from 50 nonprofit groups, including universities, health research institutions and small charities. Read more…