Philanthropy articles

Global Giving

In 1997, World Bank executives Mari Kuraishi and Dennis Whittle were asked to develop an innovative way to combat poverty. They put their heads together and created the World Bank’s Development Marketplace, a first-of-its-kind event where people from around the world competed for World Bank funds. The event’s success revealed the enormous potential of a

Feeding The World, One Bag At A Time

FEED was set up in 2006 when model and activist Lauren Bush designed a bag for the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) School Feeding program. As a WFP Honorary Student Spokesperson, Lauren visited countries around the world in Asia, Latin America and Africa where WFP is operating, and was inspired by the plight of

K-9 Angels

K-9 Angels is a UK-based charity with a mission to help stray dogs in Romania, Bulgaria and Algeria as well as battling the victims of the dog meat industry. For dog lovers, and that’s me included, it’s heartbreaking to see how these animals can be so poorly treated in some parts of the world. K-9

The Tale of Greed and the Vicious Circle of Human Nature

Our editor, Patrick Gruhn takes a look at the human condition and what’s wrong with us today. It is one of the most commonly found symptoms of modern society, the insatiable appetite for more and that’s regardless of what we already have. When have you ever heard someone say: Oh I’ve got enough, I don’t

KiD: Vital Support

Kids in Distress (KiD) is a Florida-based charity which aims to help children who have been neglected and to prevent child abuse wherever it exists. The charity began its life in 1979 as an emergency shelter and has grown into a 5 acre campus offering shelter for children from as young as new borns up


GlowbalAct are tackling a problem that cannot be simply left to the overstretched resources of governments and NGOs. It’s appalling to think that human trafficking still exists on a large scale. The idea that people are routinely sold and exploited by means of forced labor, sale of human organs and, more frequently, the global sex

The New Nobel

Some of the most famous billionaires in Silicon Valley have joined forces and set up a science award to rival the Nobel Prize. With 5 annual winners each receiving $3 million, it trebles the $1 million a year for achievements in medicine shared by winners of the prestigious Swedish accolade. The new award, to be

Give Directly

If one of your objectives in charitable giving is quantifying the direct impact of your donation then Give Directly is a great way to get the transparency you’re looking for. This charity operates in Kenya by directly alleviating the poverty of individuals and families. The concept is a simple one, you donate via their site


Disillusionment with large and wasteful NGO projects conducted by a multi-billion dollar aid industry has led many donor support groups to instead invest in undervalued non-profit locally sprung operations that show greater potential, the FT commented this week. Small cash injections can bring much greater gains, and charities such as the Global Fund for Children (the Financial