Reflections on Isaac’s Life

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

In the aftermath of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, I spent three and half weeks in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic involved in the relief efforts. This was, needless to say, a life-changing experience in which I encountered countless stories of both tragedy and resilience, and my own participation took an unexpected twist from a small role in the food distribution and medical relief of thousands to an effort to save one child. 

In Defense of Philanthropy

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Recently, I have been a part of several conversations that were genuinely wrestling with the question, “Is philanthropy actually a distraction from what is truly needed in our world and therefore harmful?” The argument goes something like this: “In order to lift people out of poverty, it would be better for those with wealth to exclusively invest their wealth back into capitalist pursuits therefore providing jobs and economic growth for the targeted population. Economic growth lifts people out of poverty, brings social good with it and therefore should replace philanthropy.”