The surprising relationship between taxes and charitable giving. When it comes to charitable giving, it’s well known that taxes matter.
The promise of a big deduction is a great way to get people to open their checkbooks. Yet the relationship between taxes and giving isn’t as simple as it looks. Researchers have been studying the issue for years, some by sifting through masses of tax-return data, others by handing people money and seeing how their donation decisions change when they are “taxed” in various ways. The results show that the money and taxes relationship is a lot more nuanced than the idea that a bigger deduction means a bigger donation—with significant implications for both charities and policy makers. Can Philanthrocapitalism Really Save The World? Bill Gates gets a lot of good press, on this site as much as anywhere else (maybe more!).
He's praised for giving away his fortune, for funding everything from condoms to vaccines, and, most of all, for ushering in a new type of philanthropy, and persuading other rich people, from Warren Buffett to Mark Zuckerberg, to do as he does. Gates personifies the new "philanthrocapitalism" with its emphasis on results, technological innovation, and business-like no-nonsense. Nobody can deny the good Gates does in the world, and that isn't the point of "No Such Thing As a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy," a new book by the Canadian sociologist Linsey McGoey.
Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nestle, and PepsiCo Donate Water to Flint as the Private Sector Takes Over Basic Services. A coalition of some of America’s biggest companies is organizing a trucklift for Flint, promising to deliver 6.5 million bottles of water to the city in order to provide clean drinking water for schoolchildren through 2016.
Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, and PepsiCo say they will deliver 6.5 million bottles to Flint, enough for the city’s 10,000 students. In October, testing found toxic levels of lead in the water at Flint’s schools. The whole city is grappling with the malign effects of a switch from water provided by the Detroit system to water from the Flint River, which helped corrode the city’s pipes and leach lead into drinking water—in addition to turning the water a putrid brown. The state and federal governments have both declared states of emergency. Is Philanthropy Bad for Democracy? Though this is not the way I would usually describe my career, one way of looking at it is that I spent my first 20 working years trying to raise money, and the next 15 trying to give it away.
The transition, which took place when I left Human Rights Watch in 1996 to found the United States Programs of George Soros’s Open Society Institute, was a challenging one. On the one hand, having dealt with foundations over the years as a supplicant, I felt I knew their ways—and in particular, ways of behaving that I was eager to avoid.
The Failures of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and How Philanthropy Can Fix Them. I spent 10 days in Paris at COP21 helping organize, participate in, and lead some of the events and demonstrations supported by civil society participants, grassroots groups, and NGOs.
On my way home, sitting in the airport, I read the final climate agreement that came out of the event. Supported by more than 190 signatory countries, the agreement is an important milestone. But it’s also something like the world taking the first step in a 12-step program, where we finally admit we have a problem.
In fact, the agreement and the solutions presented at COP21 are not what grassroots philanthropists and activists hoped for. Facebook Co-Founder Giving Millions Directly To The Poor, No Strings Attached. Mission-Oriented Finance for Innovation. Forbes Welcome. How Mark Zuckerberg’s Altruism Helps Himself. Did not donate $45 billion to charity.
You may have heard that, but that was wrong. Here’s what happened instead: Mr. Zuckerberg created an investment vehicle. Sorry for the slightly less sexy headline. Mr. In doing so, Mr. An L.L.C. can invest in for-profit companies (perhaps these will be characterized as societally responsible companies, but lots of companies claim the mantle of societal responsibility). This video is not currently supported on your browser.
Continue reading the main story Video. Microsoft lance Microsoft Philanthropie. Microsoft lance une nouvelle organisation axée sur l’humanitaire, Microsoft philanthropie.
Vraiment ? C’est la mode ou la norme en ce moment dans la Silicon Valley, Bill Gates ayant depuis longtemps donné le la (et Andrew Carnegie avant lui). Après Google (google.org) et Facebook récemment avec la fondation Chan Zuckerberg Iniative, au tour de Microsoft de faire dans la philanthropie en lançant Microsoft Philanthropy. L’organisation sera dirigée par Brad Smith, chez Microsoft depuis 1993 et président de la firme de Redmond depuis septembre dernier. Ce dernier précise la vocation de Microsoft Philanthropie dans un billet de blog : Grâce à Microsoft Philanthropie, nous contribuerons d’une nouvelle et plus percutante manière à un écosystème social qui relie les bénéfices de la technologie à ceux qui en ont le plus besoin. C’est une occasion de faire mieux que jamais avec la puissance du cloud computing et le potentiel de la science des données.