How hard can it be to effectively donate during the holidays? Friends Bob and Evelyn shopped at Walmart yesterday. Due to physical conditions, each took a self-propelled cart and drove off in opposite directions. They met back in the middle to confer about Bob’s selection of merchandise. Between the electronics and paper aisles, the two 75-year-olds
Poverty, Inc. gets my vote as the best documentary film (available on Netflix) in 2016. A good documentary should work like any great film: To challenge: Documentaries provide us knowledge about a part of the world or issue that someone is addressing. In 90 minutes, we can understand the objective and the challenges it faces.
Overseas charities create hundreds of projects in developing countries to solve local problems in local ways. Too often we think they are inaccessible to our donor dollars. Here are the reasons and ways to find them. The photograph above makes me feel proud as I helped this Haitian idea become a reality: OPADEL, a
When volunteering overseas, there are many lessons to be learned. This was my first. It was big. And it came almost at the loss of an innocent child. I have a photo of a Haitian baby. He has loose, wavy black hair and coffee-colored skin. His body is long and thin, but he has a big round
Just a small event of nature … is it a metaphor for international relations?
“The message of course is that there are lots of Haitians who are better prepared and better equipped to solve Haiti’s issues than most international organizations.”
Donors could help charitable organizations be more effective. We could help non-profits achieve their goals of helping individuals work their way out of poverty and become self-dependent. In essence, we can help developing countries develop if we choose better to whom we give our money.
Dorothy extracted the contents of my envelope, and I felt a prick of embarrassment. It was my annual fund raising appeal for Yonn Ede Lot.
We need to recognize the interconnectedness of ourselves with our institutions and the impact they have on all peoples. We need to utilize our donor dollars in ways that have the greatest benefit to the recipients, in their terms, not ours — not just to make us feel good.
Traditional vs. non-traditional funding. i.e., crowdsourcing for needy people vs fundraising for organizations representing needy people. Sunday’s New York Times article by essayist Judith Newman took the traditional side and swung at the other, growing, non-traditional one. The response by Jeff Solomon, CEO of GoFundMe ends this post. After the muckups made by traditional organizations