All posts tagged doing good

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Midnight Basketball: A Popular Distraction To Real Problems

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Doing Good as Muslim American and Being Shut Down

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Our Most Memorable Author Interviews of 2015

As the year wraps up, the Chronicle of Philanthropy is out with a list of notable books from 2015. We interviewed a number of the authors. They wrote about altruism, technology, poverty and education. Read more…

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Part Three: Is This Charity Any Good?

Want to know if a nonprofit deserves your money? Here’s what you should ask them: What would happen in your community if you went out of business tomorrow?

“I believe that an organization doesn’t deserve to ask for money if that question can’t be answered and with passion,”  says nonprofit advisor and Columbia University professor Doug White. After all, charities have a special place in society, he adds. Read more…

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Part One: Is it Better to Give Locally or Globally?

This holiday season, many of you will face choices and dilemmas about where to spend your time and money on charitable causes. So we’ve created Tiny Spark’s Guide to Good Giving to help you feel more informed. In our three-part miniseries, we talk with smart people who have spent their careers thinking about what it means to give well and responsibly. We hope these conversations will inspire you to think in new ways about how to have the most impact with your donor dollars. Read more…

Good Deeds in Cold Blood: Extreme Altruists

So much bad news in the world today: mass shootings, refugee crises, poverty. But many ordinary people are responding in extraordinary ways to some of the big problems around them. They choose to help complete strangers, even at great cost to themselves. Their stories are part of Larissa MacFarquhar’s new book, Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help. Read more…

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Following Newark’s $200 Million Charitable Windfall

Journalist Dale Russakoff’s new book, The Prize, delves into Mark Zuckerberg’s mission to turn around Newark, New Jersey’s ailing school system. In 2010, the Facebook founder contributed $100 million to the effort, which was announced on The Oprah Winfrey Show. We spoke to Russakoff about her new book. Read more…

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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…

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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…

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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