Gimme 5: the best stories for the week of 13th Jan

Having let our regular weekly round-up of best charity/philanthropy/social investment stories somewhat fall by the wayside last year, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to start this up again and do it properly this time!

So here we go:

1) First off is some real substance, with this story in the Chronicle of Philanthropy about fascinating developments in Detroit, where philanthropic money from a group of foundations is being used to shore up the finances of the troubled city. Part of this is about safeguarding museum assets so they don’t have to be sold, but it also extends to covering public sector pension assets. Many argue that Detroit is a unique case, but there may also be some important lessons about the relationship between philanthropy and the public sector.

2) Next up is this Huffington Post article from CAF’s own John Low, arguing the case for exempting charities from the Lobbying Bill which is currently going through Parliament. Unfortunately events did not pad out that well in the crucial debate on Wednesday, but the arguments are still very important.

3) An article in the Oxford Times gave us a glimpse into the potential future of charity shops, with news that Cancer Research UK’s experiment of opening a warehouse-sized £1-store has been deemed a success and there are plans to roll the idea out nationally.

4) The ongoing saga of charity status and regulation in Australia was highlighted in a Comment is Free piece in the Guardian, warning that the government of Tony Abbott was risking taking  charity back to the 17th century. It’s worth reading this post on CAF’s Future World Giving blog for more background too.

5) And finally, in the “and finally” slot, is this story about the amazing business card of “Most Charismatic Philanthropist of China”, Chen Guangbiao. I defy you not to reassess your own business cards after reading it…


Rhodri Davies

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