Category: Charities

There’s big money in charity: Part 2, Few would thrive

26 March, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Charities, Competition, Governance, Housing, Impact, MEEs, NGOs, Nonprofits, Overhead, Speculation, Theory, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] It was finally decided that since I was a budding historian it would be nice if I made a historic record of the first shipment of Food for Peace from the time that it left Baltimore with appropriate fanfare to when it entered the bellies of […]

There’s big money in charity: Part 1, Not corporate chieftains?

25 March, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Charities, Competition, Governance, Housing, Impact, MEEs, NGOs, Nonprofits, Overhead, Speculation, Theory, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith [I wrote a report about how] some Madison Avenue sharpies ripped off the Office of Economic Opportunity. That one I entitled, “Poverty is Where the Money’s At.” – Ross Thomas, If You Can’t Be Good (1973) Profit is normally the premium one pays for competence, but are all profits equal?  Malcolm […]

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 […]