New York Times-Invisible Child: Dasani's Homeless Life By Andrea Elliott
Gracie Mansion is something of an oddity. In a city with a 2 percent vacancy rate and a shortage of public housing, the mayoral residence sits uninhabited on 11 pristine acres of the Upper East Side. . . . What impresses Dasani most are not the architectural details or the gold-bound volumes of Chaucer and Tolstoy, but the astonishing lack of dust. She runs her hand lightly over the top of a Steinway piano. “I tell you,” she says. “This house is clean.” Read the entire article.
New York Times-Microcredit for Americans By Shaila Dewan
On a recent Thursday, dozens of Latina immigrants clustered in a small, noisy second-floor office in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, waiting for one of a half-dozen loan officers to call their names and hand over a check. Children loitered in the stairwell or sprawled, calflike, over their mothers’ laps. Read entire article.
The UN's report on the happiest countries demonstrates money can help create happiness but also can hurt it.http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/09/130909-2013-world-happiness-report-united-nations/?utm_source=NatGeocom&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=inside_20130919&utm_campaign=Content
GiveDirectly is a charity which gives money to some of the world's poorest people without any strings attached. The New York Times looked at whether such an approach is a good one. The author Jacob Goldstein concluded "At its most basic level, after all, GiveDirectly's work is an attempt to test one of the simplest ideas in economics-that people know what they need, and if they have money, they can buy it. Taken at its logical conclusion, this suggests that giving away money may often be more helpful to people than giving them cows, or medicine, or training, or whatever."
This story gives an interesting perspective on the influences on generosity. One of the stories involves Bill Gates's wife Melinda's influence on Bill. She motivated him to start the Billionaire pledge after she read a book on a family selling their house and giving half of it away. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/21/opinion/sunday/why-men-need-women.html?pagewanted=all
Stanford Graduate School of Business Lecturer, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen who has given away lots of money has posted materials from her course at Stanford. She created the blog to help make your giving matter more.
New York Times-Is It Crazy to Think We
Can Eradicate Poverty? By Annie
At a news conference during the spring
meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in late April,
Jim Yong Kim held up a piece of paper with the year “2030” scribbled on it in
pen. “This is it,” said Kim, the genial American physician who took over as
president of the World Bank last summer. “This is the global target to end
poverty.” Read the entire article.
Wall Street Journal-- Hunger Plunges Everywhere in SoutheastAsia, Except the Philippines By Eric Bellman
The total number of chronically hungry people in Southeast Asia has
plunged by close to 70 million in the last two decades thanks to economic
growth and policies to feed the poor, but the number of people that
regularly go to sleep with their stomachs growling in the Philippines has
actually grown. Read more.
We have been supporters of Safe Passage for the past four years. Scott
visited their operations in Guatemala this past week. We are now even more thrilled to support this wonderful
organization. Here is some information from the organization’s website.
Safe Passage enables the children enrolled in our
program to attend Guatemalan public school by providing financial support to
cover costs of enrollment, school supplies, and uniforms. Read more.
New York Times—Before a Test, a Poverty of Words By Ginia Bellafante
Not too long ago, I witnessed a child, about two months shy of 3, welcome the return of some furniture to his family’s apartment with the enthusiastic declaration “Ottoman is back!” The child understood that the stout cylindrical object from which he liked to jump had a name and that its absence had been caused by a visit to someone called “an upholsterer.” Read more.