Posts tagged "poverty"

What social entrepreneurship won't do (and its advocates won't tell you about)

What social entrepreneurship won’t do: This piece is a particularly acute account of the way things work, or don’t, in the nonprofit sector. The money graf, for the Nonprofiteer’s money: An uncomfortable truth: there are important social goods that nobody really wants to pay for. If you’re selling a product like an iPhone or a... Read more »

A nonprofit living wage: because nonprofits should serve poor people, not create them

A nonprofit living wage: because nonprofits should serve poor people, not create them
A nonprofit living wage: because nonprofits should serve poor people, not create them. So thanks to the Independent Sector for endorsing a nonprofit living wage. About f***ing time. Independent Sector Board of Governors Calls on Nonprofit and Philanthropic Organizations to Pledge to Pay Living Wage to All Workers (WASHINGTON, April 29, 2014) – Independent Sector’s... Read more »

The Live Below The Line Campaign: Smart Advocacy or Global Slumming?

The Live Below the Line Campaign asks celebrities (and the rest of us) to spend a day or five eating on $1.50 a day.  Is this smart advocacy,  or is it global slumming? Like its American counterpart the Food Stamp Challenge  the campaign purports to give privileged people the opportunity to experience the deprivations of... Read more »
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Food Pantries Aren't Charity, They're Justice

Food Pantries Aren't Charity, They're Justice
Too many appeals to support food pantries come across like those ASPCA ads with the skinny big-eyed dogs and cats; but this isn’t about pity, it’s about justice. The video shows Long Island Food Not Bombs arranging to feed and clothe its community on the day before Thanksgiving. What’s so great about it is that... Read more »

Giving Tuesday Should Come Before Thanksgiving

Giving Tuesday Should Come Before Thanksgiving
The Nonprofiteer has been ambivalent about Giving Tuesday, the phenomenon which designates today as the day for charitable giving. The press releases she’s received on the subject are overwhelmingly of the “If you buy X on Tuesday it will benefit Y” variety, and thus one more example of commerce’s highjacking charity. The Nonprofiteer isn’t all... Read more »

"Quirky" college application questions display schools' bias

Last Sunday’s New York Times article lauding “quirky” college application questions infuriated the Nonprofiteer (and what doesn’t?). Despite her joy at having attention paid to her alma mater for something other than right-wing economics, she couldn’t help but notice that these are an example of what happens when nonprofits become more preoccupied with themselves than... Read more »
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Billionaire Rejects Giving Pledge: 'Give Money to MBAs'

Billionaire Rejects Giving Pledge: 'Give Money to MBAs'
The new definition of chutzpah*: billionaire Scott McNealy’s argument against the Giving Pledge.  He claims it would be better for society to give money to MBAs to start new businesses. It’s so convenient, isn’t it, when what’s better for society turns out to be exactly what’s best for you?  And no one could doubt that... Read more »

Causes and Effects of Poverty: Does it arise from bad decisions, or merely produce them?

Causes and Effects of Poverty: Does it arise from bad decisions, or merely produce them?
Some years ago the Nonprofiteer was on a cruise with some people even more privileged than she, and one of her table-mates was describing with great gusto his trip to Australia: “Stay out of town on Fridays, because that’s when all the Aborigines get their welfare checks and come to town in their jalopies with... Read more »

Cash Transfers to Poor People: Is the simplest solution the best?

Cash Transfers to Poor People: Is the simplest solution the best?
Check out this fascinating piece about how well cash transfers –the simple process of providing money directly to poor people–seem to work. In addition to the program results, the article offers a quick summary of attitudes about poverty from the left and the right, each of which (the article suggests) makes the problem more complicated... Read more »
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    • In reply to Richard Davis:
      I'm fully in favor of using taxes to support transfers--I don't insist that my neighbor "give what [s/he] might not ...
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      True; but the Nonprofiteer is increasingly concerned about class distinctions and the Jackson sentence is a perfect example of those.
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