The World Economic Forum at Davos is a lens for us to see what really improves the lives of billions across the planet. One topic is economic growth and social inclusion, and there’s little doubt that the one-percenters attending have the capacity to achieve both. Maybe our progress is hampered by the traditional notions of philanthropy, social inclusion and impact—and a broken nonprofit model.
Despite our good intentions, annual gifts to charity often wait until the very last minute (as defined by the IRS for this year’s tax deduction): December 31. Thanks to online giving, this isn’t a problem—and our list of highly recommended nonprofit organizations that we’ve culled from the experts should make the job easier when you’re feeling pressed for time.
I’m thinking a lot about campaigns. Not the kind for next month’s election but, rather, the kind with a personal call to action. Last month, two prominent women launched campaigns to raise awareness for funding issues related to women and girls: #AllinforHer and #HeforShe.
I have mixed feelings about the word “philanthropist.” For me, the word brings up images of men in tuxedos and women in gowns and pearls walking down grand staircases.
When I was a kid, my parents had a room with floor-to-ceiling shelves of books, known as Dad’s Study. All those slipcased tomes seemed magical to me. One day I asked dad if he’d read them all, and was incredulous at his answer.