Category: Philanthropy

Theme parks for the upper crust

10 April, 2015 (09:00) | Art, Bankruptcy, Detroit, Diego Rivera, Fundraising, Municipal bankruptcy, Museums, Philanthropy, Public amenities, Theory, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith Because people value only what they pay for, things that are free the same people devalue … until those things are threatened, whereupon the same observant herd that was indifferent and whose pockets were claimed empty suddenly discover newfound reserves, a point mentioned only in passing by an article in The […]

The improvable house as a self-baked fruitcake: Part 2, the ingredients

19 March, 2013 (09:28) | Building technology, Essential posts, Home improvement, Housing, Innovations, Philanthropy, Self-building, Slums, South Africa, Technology |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post, using as a convenient seed an upbeat article from CNN (January 8, 2013), introduced the concept of a core house, plus technological gadgets, as an improvable ‘fruitcake house’.  Construction of a basic core house, with a malleable or modifiable material for walls and […]

The improvable house as a self-baked fruitcake: Part 1, the recipe

18 March, 2013 (15:52) | Building technology, Essential posts, Home improvement, Housing, Innovations, Philanthropy, Self-building, Slums, South Africa, Technology |

By:David A. Smith   While for some of us a house is a completed product, something we buy one day and use the next (after enduring the travails of moving), but that’s an illusion, as even our completed house begins changing the day we move in – and for most of the world, a home […]

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 […]