Philanthropy (page 9)

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    Understanding the debate over major foundation giving to NC policy groups

    Subscribers to the Lake Wylie Pilot are reading about how Bill Moyers is testily defending his attack against Art Pope as having “bought” the State of North Carolina through giving via the Pope Foundation to free-market advocacy groups in N.C. (which include the John Locke Foundation). They are reading…
    Jon Sanders, January 10, 2014
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    Trick question for leftists: Is the conclusion of A Christmas Carol moral?

    The warm conclusion of Charles Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol has his hated capitalist, Ebenezer Scrooge, transformed into a man gratefully giving to help the destitute, feeding the poor, even financially helping the family of a stricken child. Thereby he became “as good a friend, as good a master,…
    Jon Sanders, December 11, 2013
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    ‘How we use our money is a moral issue.’ Ah, yes. About that …

    So it was said yesterday, to impugn the “morality” of someone who uses his money in this way: To mitigate the effects of the federal government shutdown that spanned the first half of October, the John William Pope Foundation has announced $185,000 in grants to humanitarian…
    Jon Sanders, December 3, 2013
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    The negative impact of African aid

    Anyone who remembers William Easterly‘s 2009 Pope Lecture at N.C. State University will find nothing surprising about the latest Barron’s cover story, in which Paul Theroux discusses the problems caused by various schemes to provide aid to Africa. Never have so…
    Mitch Kokai, December 2, 2013
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    Geffen sees through Buffett’s B.S.

    Sure, David Geffen is a down-the-line liberal. He was a friend of Bill Clinton’s and an early (2004) supporter of Barack Obama, and Geffen says now that he “absolutely” would support a Hillary Clinton bid for the White House in 2016. Still, a new Fortune magazine interview with…
    Mitch Kokai, August 7, 2013
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    New at CJO: U.S. among the world’s leaders in ease of generosity

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online about a new Hudson Institute study that suggests the United States is one of the world’s freest countries in terms of the ease involved in charitable contributions.
    Mitch Kokai, May 2, 2013
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    Pope Foundation profiles N.C. History Project director

    The John W. Pope Foundation turns its spotlight on N.C. History Project Director Troy Kickler. Many historians refer to the years between 1890 and 1950 —commonly known as the “Jim Crow era” — as the nadir of race relations in the United States. Segregation was…
    Mitch Kokai, April 2, 2013
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    The Atlantic seeks to explain ‘Why the Rich Don’t Give’

    It’s unfortunate that a two-page feature in the latest Atlantic bases its headline on a false premise. (The article is not yet posted online, but it covers territory similar to that spelled out in this Atlantic Cities article from August 2012.) What is the basis for the…
    Mitch Kokai, March 20, 2013