Tag Archives: charity

The Grumpy Philanthropist has no time for decimal points

If you think that November has a needlessly negative sound - it starts with NO, after all - then you should look into Movember, the fundraiser that puts ironic facial hair to work to fight cancer.  Grow a moustache, raise money for cancer research, everybody wins. Well, almost everybody. So I went over to the…
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The Grumpy Philanthropist sees his shadow

It's that time of year again, when colder weather, impending holidays and the end of the tax year turn good folks' attention to charitable giving. And when the Grumpy Philanthropist waddles out from under his rock, writes a few checks and complains. As it turns out, this is first in a series. I was reading…
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The fourth part of book club; holiday globe appeal

Last week, we took Book Club to a new level with a guest appearance by the author - Belmont's own Toby Lester - of our chosen book, The Fourth Part of the World.  I had worried that such an august presence would impede the club's traditional focus on wine, gossip and whingeing about our jobs, but we…
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Giving till it doesn't hurt anymore

Last Wednesday I had a double dose of interesting thinking about giving.  First, I talked at a Harvard Extension social media class about Firstgiving and Twestival, then I popped in at the Philosophy Cafe to hear some deeper discussion of the limits of altrusim.  And then it snowed. Act I: giving for free At the…
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Doing good with BAD

I started off writing another "grumpy philanthropist" bit, but decided to mellow out a little for once.  I'd been getting cheesed off at high-fuss low-impact online (and offline) awareness campaigns that didn't really do enough for the causes.  Stuff like Facebook causes and those annoying ribbons and bracelets and pink everything that might or might…
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A guide to Davis Square chuggers

No, I don't mean the trouble all those college kids are getting into, I mean Charity Muggers, or "chuggers" as the limeys call them.  I was at lunch with @tangyslice in Davis square today and observed him live-blogging the local charity panhandlers.  Being who I am, I couldn't help but geolocate Tangy's observed data. Perhaps…
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Possibly related classroom projects

Preparing to leave San Francisco's foggy embrace, I'm thinking about the work week ahead and which of the many open threads to needle first. One thing that came up last week was a twitter message from someone at Social Actions Labs, inviting me to test out their new DonorsChoose WordPress plugin on Firstgiving's blog. It…
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No, sorry, that's not enough money, we don't want it.

I'm interested in charity from several perspectives - personally, I think it's a moral duty; professionally, it's baked into the business model where I work; and academically, I like to geek out on the behavioral economics. So, when this item came to my attention, I had to blog it. I blogged it at work, but…
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Twitting the feeds, blogging the twits

I'm not going to try and evangelize Twitter. I figure you're probably already addicted to it, dead set against it, or blissfully ignorant of it. I don't think it's the be all and end all, but I'm rather enjoying it. If you're so inclined, you can follow me there as limeduck. But I am here…
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You most likely know it as Myanmar, but it will always be Burma to me.

Sadly, there's nothing like a high-profile natural disaster to give Americans a crash-course in world geography and politics.  It might have been Peterman's getaway on Seinfeld, but Myanmar has been under military dictatorship since 1992, and life was hard there well before Cyclone Nargis.  Usually when disaster strikes, caring people try to figure out how…
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DonorsChoose thank again, what's the next $99 project?

Last week, I wrote about my experience with DonorsChoose and their thank-you packages. I got a very nice comment from Mike Everett-Lane explaining some of the inner workings at DC. Yesterday I got two more emails of thanks which included links to six more worthy projects, which I thought I'd share here. Dear David, Thank…
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