Category: Charities

No business for amateur philanthropists: Part 3, abuse

21 November, 2012 (12:13) | Celebrities, Charities, Development, Disaster relief, Haiti, Housing, Non-Profits, Theory, urban redevelopment, 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, Non-Profits, Theory, urban redevelopment, 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 […]

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 […]

Month in Review, June, 2012: Part 1, Let’s not bicker and argue

21 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   In June, we rediscovered that, as anyone knows who’s trolled Facebook or compared an executive’s bio or Web site photo with the reality, what we present is usually more appealing than what we actually […]

Charitable myopia

4 June, 2012 (11:35) | AHI work, Charities, Development, Economics, Ecosystem, eyeglasses, Housing, Theory |

By:David A.  Smith   Easy to write, harder to do right   All of us want our charity, either in kind or in money, to be neat, clean, and fast –   That was easy – and useless   – but as H.  L.  Mencken put it, “for every complex problem there is an answer […]