Category: Madonna

The problem with celebrity philanthropy: Part 2, reality is tougher

27 May, 2011 (10:33) | Celebrities, Charities, Donors, Fame, Greg Mortenson, Kanye West, Madonna, Nonprofits, Philanthropy, US News |

By: David A. Smith    [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday we sought reasons why celebrity charities so often flame out, from Louise Ciccone’s (Madonna’s) Raising Malawi, which not only abandoned its attempt to build a school but also is entangled with an IRS investigation to potential fraud and tax evasion, as reported in […]

The problem with celebrity philanthropy: Part 1, fame is addictive

26 May, 2011 (14:50) | Celebrities, Charities, Donors, Fame, Greg Mortenson, Kanye West, Madonna, Nonprofits, Philanthropy, US News |

By: David A. Smith    What is it with celebrities and philanthropy?    Look grateful, honey   I have a theory.   Put a dollar sign on it, Albert   It’s easy to see why celebrities are adopting charitable causes.  For those for whom personal brand is the basis of economic value, philanthropy has become […]

The wrong way to be a global-south non-profit: Part 3, untruth will never set you free

13 April, 2011 (11:45) | Ecosystem, Education, Global news, Grants, Madonna, Malawi, Nonprofits, Philanthropy | 3 comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   [I’ve constructed this multi-part post from three principal sources: the Guardian (21 Jan 11, Calibri), Newsweek (3 Apr 11, Georgia), and the New York Times (24 Mar 11, Arial).  I sought and failed to obtain a copy of the Global […]

The wrong way to be a global-south non-profit: Part 2, arrogant ego kills

12 April, 2011 (10:21) | Ecosystem, Education, Global news, Grants, Madonna, Malawi, Nonprofits, Philanthropy | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith    [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   [I’ve constructed this multi-part post from three principal sources: the Guardian (21 Jan 11, Calibri), Newsweek (3 Apr 11, Georgia), and the New York Times (24 Mar 11, Arial).  I sought and failed to obtain a copy of the Global Philanthropy Group (GPG) report […]

The wrong way to be a global-south non-profit: Part 1, the paving of good intentions

11 April, 2011 (16:05) | Ecosystem, Education, Global news, Grants, Madonna, Malawi, Nonprofits, Philanthropy |

By: David A. Smith    A non-profit social enterprise or Mission Entrepreneurial Entity is a charity joined at the hip to a business, and the two elements are non-convertible – strength in one cannot make up for weakness in the other.    One raised fist = guaranteed success? Ms. Ciccone at one of two ceremonial […]