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Oct 27, 2006

Generosity Depends on Perspective

The 1.85 percent of GDP that was given away in 2005 as private sector charitable contributions is low for one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Furthermore, successful fund-raising tactics, such as raffles, indicate that Americans do not give for altruistic reasons.

Oct 25, 2006

Nicholas Kristof Sees Hope for Darfur

The New York Times columnist and Darfur activist Nicholas Kristof does not see Darfur as one of the world’s intractable problems. He proposes world leaders make a greater effort at political settlement by pressuring the Sudanese government to come to an agreement with Darfuri rebels.

Oct 20, 2006

Giving Is as Good as Sex…Literally

Researchers have found that giving to charity activates the same pleasure sensors in the brain associated with sex.

Oct 20, 2006

Increased Role of Remittances

When we look back in 10 years, it’s likely we’ll conclude that the most powerful international anti-poverty efforts of the first world were remittances made by immigrants.

Oct 19, 2006

Giving in the Wake of a Disaster Means Money Arrives Too Late

Increasingly, nonprofits are saying disaster aid donations do very little to help afflicted communities; instead, nonprofits need to change the way they ask for money and donors need to change the way they give.

Oct 13, 2006

Brazil’s Efforts to Eradicate Hookworm May Pay

A new initiative to eradicate hookworm in Brazil links private donor funds with a Brazilian vaccine manufacturer and the local public health infrastructure.

Oct 12, 2006

Linking Retail to Philanthropy May Still Keep Global Fund in the Red

There’s a long history of retail campaigns linked to charity. Most of these efforts are short-lived and the value they provide to charities and retailers is unclear.

Oct 10, 2006

Post-Tsunami Rebuilding on a Road to Nowhere

In the year after the tsunami hit more than $3.8 billion in relief aid was given. As is often the case, however, tangible results are hard to come by, not least because good intentions don’t necessarily lead to good outcomes.

Oct 05, 2006

Indian School Offers Educational Opportunity to the Poor

One school in Bihar, India, is successfully breaking up the traditional marriage between poverty and lack of education seen in many poor regions.

Oct 02, 2006

Novartis Sets the Bar in Pharma Philanthropy with Malaria Drug Price Drop

Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has announced a plan to offer its malaria drug, Coartem, to developing countries for $1 per treatment. Diagnosis and distribution remain challenges to combating the disease, one global and local health organizations need to address.

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