Nonprofit Sector

Quote of the Weekend

February 5, 2010

King Gama's Song
(from Princess Ida, music by Arthur Sullivan, libretto by W.S. Gilbert, 1884)
If you give me your attention, I will tell you what I am:
I'm a genuine philanthropist—all other kinds are sham.
Each little fault of temper and each social defect
In my erring fellow-creatures, I endeavour to correct.
To all their little weaknesses I open people's eyes;
And little plans to snub the self-sufficient I devise;
I love my fellow creatures—I do all the good I can—

Should Civil Society Be Reduced to a Subset of the Market?

January 25, 2010

Over the past few years it’s become almost an article of faith that civil society—including philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector it supports—should operate on business principles, like rates-of-return, competition to weed out the weak, close supervision of the organizations you support, financial data as measures of success, and paying corporate salaries to the CEO.

Quote of the Weekend

January 22, 2010

Wizard
Back where I come from there are men who do nothing all day but good deeds. They are called phil . . . er . . . phil . . . er . . . er . . . good-deed-doers, and their hearts are no bigger than yours. But they have one thing you haven't got! A testimonial! Therefore, in consideration of your kindness, I take pleasure at this
time in presenting you with a  small token of our esteem and affection. And remember, my sentimental friend, that a heart is not judged  by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.

The Dark Side of the Sun

December 9, 2009

Today, I’m wandering over to the Dark Side.
Anxiety and technology are a potent mix. They will enable great things—from allowing consumers to make more-informed decisions to giving citizens the tools to hold their elected leaders more accountable. The same mix can produce explosive harm. In fact, for every pro-social application of the new technologies there are a like number of anti-social ones.

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