I realise that once again this “weekly” update has slipped to being fortnightly, so apologies for that. In my defence though, this time it was Easter weekend that got in the way, rather than my own shoddy timekeeping. In any case, I’m back in the game now, so here are this week’s picks:
1) Up first is an update from the Wall St Journal on the proposals to cap tax deductions on charitable giving in the US. This is something we should keep a close eye on in the UK, as if such a change is introduced in the US it makes it far more likely that there will be some sort of new attempt to introduce a cap on charitable tax relief over here in the future.
2) A blog on the Huffington Post posed the intriguing question “Is there a role for philanthropy in a Socialist State?” The author bases most of her analysis on a recent visit to Cuba and doesn’t draw any firm conclusions, but there is some decent food for thought on what I think is a fascinating topic.
3) More evidence of the growth of social investment in Australia with the publication of a government-commissioned report on “Impact investing in an Australian context”. (You can download the whole report here). It certainly seems as though there is a lot of enthusiasm for social finance down under at the moment.
4) ESPN carried an investigation into sport stars’ charities in the US, which found that many of them do not meet basic standards of governance or efficiency. I was particularly interested because we spent a bit of time looking at the philanthropy of Premiership football stars in the wake of the ‘David Beckham giving his PSG wages to charity’ story (hence this blog), and that made me wonder what a similar investigation in the UK would find…
5) And finally… I loved this article from Wired detailing the ways in which sci fi and fantasy geeks are using their love of fictional worlds as the basis for charitable acts in this one. (I feel fine using the word “geek” as I would class myself as one- as demonstrated by my excitement at the fact that Patrick Rothfuss was quoted in this article…)