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New world generosity for the New Year : Comments

By James Boyd, published 15/1/2013

Generosity is a powerful social generator for change for good. Its surge can start the engine of prosperity.

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Like everything else, 'high-impact grants' suffer from diminishing returns. The first few will be obvious and worthy causes: the next few will possibly provide a benefit; but eventually institutionalising handouts will have the same result it always does: subsidising ruthless opportunists who know how to pull strings, at the expense of those who really deserve it. Here's an idea: why don't we just let everybody give as much or as little as they want to whoever they think deserves it at the time? Admittedly, that might not yield million-dollar salaries for charity CEOs, like these:

but it seems a lot more enlightened than your model.
Posted by Jon J, Tuesday, 15 January 2013 2:42:03 PM
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