Category: Theory

There’s big money in charity: Part 4, We need top performers

30 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 Friday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] A third of the wheat disappeared into the black market the same day that it was unloaded. – Ross Thomas, If You Can’t Be Good (1973) Yesterday’s installment of this multi-part post on non-profit overhead established that for many […]

There’s big money in charity: Part 3, To court donors

27 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 2 and the preceding Part 1.] The first shipment of food was 300 tons of wheat destined for the bellies of the citizens of one of those countries on the west coast of Africa that had just shrugged off a couple of hundred years of British colonial […]

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 […]

Month in review, February 2015: Part 2, From Yes to No to Maybe

24 March, 2015 (10:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Golf, Greece, Grexit, Month in review, Paul Rudolph, Rent control, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Theory | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] Though committees, as we saw yesterday, have grave difficulty approving and acting upon anything, the same groups can swiftly reach a consensus to oppose anything, or even better, endorsing its regulatory variation, Pay me not to oppose you, as Everett casino developer no doubt expected, as […]