Category: Charities

The instant unloved city

31 July, 2013 (12:09) | Charities, Cities, Development finance agencies, Housing, Infrastructure, Jordan, Syria, Urbanization, Zaatari | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   No one loves the world’s fastest growing city.  No one wants it to be where it is, and everyone wishes it did not exist.  But as reported in the Daily Mail Online (July 20, 2013), Zaatari exists, the world’s fastest growing city at least for the time being, and everyone’s willful […]

No business for amateur philanthropists: Part 3, abuse

21 November, 2012 (12:13) | Celebrities, Charities, Development, Disaster relief, Haiti, Housing, Nonprofits, Theory, Urban renewal, Wyclef Jean, Yele |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Now, after two days of demolishing the reputation of Wyclef Jean’s charity, Yele, using evidence presented in an exhaustive article in New York Times (October 11, 2012), the Times reporter settles down to presenting the material for a corruption indictment: […]

No business for amateur philanthropists: Part 2, fraud

20 November, 2012 (09:30) | Celebrities, Charities, Development, Disaster relief, Haiti, Housing, Nonprofits, Theory, Urban renewal, Wyclef Jean, Yele |

[Continued from yesterday”s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post used a thorough and heartbreaking article in New York Times (October 11, 2012) to introduce Wyclef Jean’s now-defunct charity, Yele, and showed how it was part and parcel of a life story he was weaving in which heroic young Wyclef makes a success […]

No business for amateur philanthropists: Part 1, waste

19 November, 2012 (14:05) | Celebrities, Charities, Development, Disaster relief, Haiti, Housing, Nonprofits, Theory, Urban renewal, Wyclef Jean, Yele |

By:David A. Smith   Charity is easy; work is hard; so ‘charitable work’ may be an oxymoron, and this most recent celebrity flameout demonstrates that of all the people with whom one might entrust one’s philanthropy, celebrities are surely the worst, for their fame deludes both them and us into thinking they are competent at […]

Month in Review, June, 2012: Part 2, this is a happy occasion

22 August, 2012 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Charities, Cities, Egypt, Euro, Foreclosure, Local issues, Mobile homes, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Policy, Regulation, Theory, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: May 12, Apr 12, Mar 12, Feb 12, Jan 12]   By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Unfortunately, not all houses house families, and housing that has too long been vacant of aspirant families or civilly-minded empty nesters can become a convenient shell for hermit […]