Philanthropy Navigator

A list of resources from around the Web about philanthropy as selected by researchers and editors of The New York Times.

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Hearts in motion

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A CHINESE millionaire tried to give $300 (and lunch) to homeless men and women in New York last week. This didn’t sit well with the nonprofit New York City Rescue Mission. The Rescue Mission offered to help with lunch, but wouldn’t cooperate in handing out cash. So midway through a meal of sesame-crusted tuna and filet of beef, some 200 homeless people discovered that they would not be getting money. Instead, the Rescue Mission would accept $90,000 on their behalf. You can imagine the anger and humiliation.

The millionaire, a recycling tycoon named Chen Guangbiao, wanted to set an example of generosity in the world’s financial capital. To announce the $300 giveaway, he’d taken out a full-page advertisement in The New York Times.

The executive director of Rescue Mission said he was worried that people might spend the handout on drugs or alcohol. This pessimism (and paternalism) is common and understandable. But evidence from other countries suggests we should be more optimistic.

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WASHINGTON — BY all outward indications, the U.S. Navy Veterans Association was a leader in the charitable community. Founded in 2002 to provide support to Navy veterans in need, the charity recorded astonishing financial success. In its first eight years, it raised around $100 million in charitable contributions, almost all of it through a direct marketing campaign. The organization, headed by Jack L. Nimitz, boasted of 41 state chapters and some 66,000 members.

This would be a great story of charitable success, except for the fact that virtually everything about the association turned out to be false: no state chapters, no members, no leader with the name redolent of naval history. Instead, there was one guy: a man calling himself Bobby Thompson who worked from a duplex across the street from the Cuesta-Rey cigar factory in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa.

Philanthropy comes from a combination of two words in Ancient Greek — philos (loving) + anthropos (human being) or "love of humanity". Charity comes from the Latin word "caritas" which means an "unlimited loving kindness of all others". One of Christianity's core commandments also says "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself". So philanthropy and charity are about helping others and reducing inequity and suffering while in the process becoming caring individuals.

Dispite the all-encompassing crookedness and greed we believe in the good triumphing over evil.


Giving Hope

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Ethicists & Charity

These are highly personal decisions, often influenced by our financial circumstances, life experiences or personal connections to a particular cause. But if you were to listen to a handful of ethicists and charity experts make their case, as I did this week, you might be swayed to send more of your money to people in distant lands. They argue that if giving is about pure altruism, individuals would be sending a greater share of their charitable dollars abroad; even small dollar amounts can have powerful results for people living in extreme poverty.

“If you are truly driven by altruism, then you don’t care about the color of the person’s skin you are helping or the passport they carry,” said Dean Karlan, an economics professor at Yale University and founder of Innovations for Poverty Action, which uses randomized trials to test what social policies work. “If it is truly about altruism, you care about the impact you make in their lives, period. Money is movable.

India's rich begin warming up to charity, but in their own way

The wealthy Indians shelled out 3.1% of their total income on charitable donations in 2011, compared to 2.3% in 2010

Despite a year-on-year rise, the figure is low in comparison to many other countries. The affluent people in the US give as much as 9.1% of their income in donations.

According to non-profit organization Smile Foundation India Confounder & Executive Trustee Santanu Mishra, many of the rich Indians have off late started thinking about charity and giving back to the society, though in a small way.

Traditionally, philanthropic activities in India have included building religious places and funding universities.

Charity Network

Located in Germany.

Indien “Spielmobil”


Bei unserem ersten Besuch in Indien im Juni 2010 haben wir mit Erstaunen festgestellt, dass die Kinder dort nicht spielen.

Selbst bei Zusammenkünften von mehr als 10 Kindern entstand kein „Miteinander Spielen“, so, wie wir es hier in Deutschland kennen.



Indien “House of Mercy”


Im Frühjahr 2010 erreichte uns über die Webseite www.cross.tv ein Hilferuf aus Indien, der unsere Herzen sehr bewegte. Ein junger Inder aus Vijayawada schilderte uns darin die Situation von vielen Waisenkindern In seiner Umgebung. Ohne Eltern oder nur mit einem Elternteil, ohne regelmäßige Nahrung, ohne Schutz und Bildung, teilweise auf der Straße lebend und als billige Arbeitskräfte – das ist der Alltag der Waisen.


The Caring Hand e.V.


Der Verein Gründung – Wer ist „The Caring Hand“ Der gemeinnützige Verein „The Caring Hand“ wurde im Oktober 2005 in Rodewisch/Vogtland gegründet.

Die Vision von „The Caring Hand“ ist es, humanitäre Projekte ins Leben zu rufen, die diesen Anspruch greifbare Realität werden lassen. Unser oberstes Ziel ist es dabei, den Betroffenen Anleitung zur Selbsthilfe zu geben. Dazu wollen wir Projekte im In- und Ausland erarbeiten und durchführen, die Menschen helfen, ihr Leben aus eigener Kraft und in Würde führen zu können.

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