With Charity For All: Why Charities Are Failing and a Better Way to Give
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Each year, the average American household donates almost $2700 to charity. Yet, most donors know little about the American charitable sector and the nonprofit organizations they support. In With Charity For All, former NPR CEO Ken Stern exposes a field that few know: 1.1 million organizations, 10% of the national workforce, and $1.5 trillion in annual revenues. He chronicles the many flaws in the charity system, from tax-exempt charities such as bowl games, roller derby leagues, and beer festivals, to charitable hospitals that pay their executives into the millions, to--worst of all--organizations that raise millions of dollars without ever cracking the problem they have pledged to solve.
With Charity For All provides an unflinching look at the philathropic sector but also offers an inspiring prescription for individual giving and widespread reform.
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delighting in the first burst of water from a new well; it’s far harder to get donors excited when the primary visual is of a sanitary engineer checking or rethreading a pump long in operation. When Ryan Hreljac presented his hard-earned $2,000 to WaterCan in 1999, he brought every dollar necessary to dig that well in Uganda and not a single penny to ensure that the pump remained in operation over time. The heartwarming story from Water Missions International obscures but does not completely hide
public personalities: Ice Cube, who rapped, “Don’t let me catch Daryl Gates in traffic / I gotta have it to peel his cap backwards”; and the former secretary of state Warren Christopher, whose investigative commission in 1991 blamed the excessive force used by the LAPD on a lack of top leadership and management controls. Gates, while universally described as courtly and pleasant in person, also had a penchant for incendiary rhetoric. After his officers were criticized for using a carotid choke
conversation begun, oddly enough, in the men’s room on the fifty-sixth floor of Rockefeller Center28) and the performing arts—leading to the creation of the Population Council and the building of Lincoln Center. Underlying all of his work was a deep concern over the direction of American philanthropy and volunteerism. He was surprised and distressed in the wake of Patman’s first assaults on foundations to find that most Americans did not understand or much care for the charitable world. For the
their cash.1 After Haiti, the scam artists displayed even greater speed and technological prowess. E-mail, Facebook, and Twitter are part of the arsenal of the modern con man; within hours of the earthquake, hundreds of fake appeals were sent out over social media channels, often urging the youthful audiences that tend to use those services to make small (and harder to trace) donations using their mobile phones. Crooks gravitate to crises. The huge, largely unregulated, and rapid flow of cash