Gimme 5: Best of the web for the week for week of 17th March

It’s Friday, and you’ve only got one more day before the weekend to fit in all the reading about philanthropy, charities and social investment you were planning on getting through. But how are you going to choose the best things to read when you’ve got so many other things to do?!

Fear not – we have once again stepped into the breach and trawled the web for you, in order to bring you the guaranteed* best 5 stories of the week:

 

1) At number one this week is a proper heavyweight article from the New York Times about the increasing influence that billionaire donors are having on funding for scientific research in the US. Anyone with an interest in issues of state vs charity or an interest in the future of science (which i definitely do!) should definitely read this piece: highly recommended.

 

2) I liked this article in the Boulder Jewish News (you haven’t read it already have you?), listing the “Seven Deadly Excuses for Avoiding Philanthropy“. These are pretty spot-on, and capture the idea that many of the reasons people offer for not giving are not that convincing.

 

3) Having read any number of articles based on lists of the “most generous something-or-other”, I approach any new one with a slightly weary heart. This article from Inside Philanthropy profiling the 12 most generous leaders in the tech industry was an above average example fo the genre though, and worth a read. Not least because it also rather cheekily includes a list of the “6 least generous tech leaders” too!

 

4) Cricket fans might be interested in this story from Bloomberg about the philanthropic work of annoyingly-good former Australia captain Steve Waugh. As an additional bonus, the article title (“Mother Teresa’s Gnarled Hands Spur Cricket’s Waugh to Charity”) sounds like one of the spook newspaper headlines that Chris Morris used to read out on The Day Today

 

5) And finally (although not really an “and finally story”) there were rumblings of controversy this week about the “no makeup selfie” social media campaign that has been raising money for Cancer Research UK. Despite being a hugely successful fundraising  (reportedly raising over £1m in a day, although it is not actually a fundraising campaign by CRUK itself), some have criticised the trend for trivialising a serious issue  and being more about online narcissism than anything to do with cancer. What do you think?

 

Rhodri Davies

* Guarantee not legally binding

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