World Vision sponsors could choose a child in the mid-1970s by pasting one of these stamps with their likeness on a mail-in card.
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No matter who chooses whom, many sponsors of children in need see God as the real driving force when they enter this arrangement with far-away strangers.
Which conversations about hospital donations are unethical?
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A survey suggests that most Americans feel that discussions about charitable support may interfere with the relationship between doctors and their patients.
People in Zambia gather while awaiting food distribution in January 2020.
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Using a common tool for measuring subconscious stereotypes, a scholar assessed how bias against dark skin can influence an inclination to support a charity serving people in low-income countries.
A Feed Your City volunteer bundling food to be given away in Atlanta on Sept. 19, 2020.
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Two scholars have found links between generosity and physical attractiveness.
There’s been an outpouring of giving in honor of Ahmaud Arbery and other victims of racial injustice.
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From thousands of people chipping in as little as $5 to George Floyd's GoFundMe to donations well in excess of $1 million to HBCUs, anti-racist philanthropy is rising.
For many Americans, ordering takeout to support struggling restaurants is an unconventional form of giving.
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The trend of paying housekeepers unable to do their work and ordering takeout when it isn't essential can be seen broadly as a form of charitable giving, according to philanthropy researchers.
Volunteers distributing food in Valley Stream, New York.
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Food pantries, the providers of services to the homeless and similar organizations now face enormous challenges.
The Ford Foundation, under Darren Walker’s leadership, is joining with other foundations to give more money away.
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It's too soon to say what will happen with philanthropy in 2020, but looking at 2019 may offer some clues.
Spanx founder Sara Blakely has signed the Giving Pledge.
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A careful review of more than 200 letters written by the wealthy people who signed the Giving Pledge over its first decade suggests a big contradiction.
Joan Kroc gave much to charity during her life and in her will after inheriting the McDonald’s fortune.
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Far fewer Americans include plans for bequests to nonprofits in their wills than give to charity on a regular basis. The pandemic could be a good reason to change that.
Are they spending as much on the needs of others as the rest of us?
Reliable data on charitable giving is hard to come by. But based on the information available, very rich people are at least as generous as everyone else.
The main characters of ‘The Good Place’ become better over time.
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Brain science suggests that seniors care more about the welfare of others than younger folks do.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma, left, is funding African entrepreneurs through his foundation.
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The response by Chinese donors to this pandemic so far illustrates how the country's philanthropy is beginning to go global.
Octavia Spencer, left, stars in this rags-to-riches tale, along with Blair Underwood.
The founder of a black hair-care empire supported the NAACP and the Tuskegee Institute, helped preserve Frederick Douglass's home. She also tried to used her prominence to stop lynching.
The rewards for doing this usually aren’t monetary.
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Because most people want to be perceived as generous, sometimes monetary incentives for doing a good deed are counterproductive.
The foundation Bill and Melinda Gates run has more assets than any other.
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The dean of the only school of philanthropy sees some good in the attention charity-related scandals are generating.
Nonprofit leaders aren’t particularly diverse.
Leaders like Ford Foundation President Darren Walker are the exception.
Organized religion is faring better than it may appear.
Fewer people belong to a congregation or identify as Protestant or Catholic. And yet, most congregations say their membership is growing or stable.
Rewarding charities that scrimp is less strategic than it sounds.
Trying too hard to keep spending low can make organizations struggle and take a toll on their staff.
Even if the thought counts, the effort might not be worth it.
Like any personal touch, there's a chance this common fundraising step makes people feel warm and fuzzy inside. But a five-year research project found that it doesn't make donors more generous.