Islamic Finance, Muslim Philanthropy

Two articles have been sitting on my desk for weeks now and I’ve spent a number of afternoons mulling over what to write about them.  The first Doing God’s Work from the Wall Street Journal takes another look at the success of Islamic finance funds and ask how well...

Build strong intermediaries, Build strong connections

Two months ago, the provincial government where I live asked some of its disability service providers to help pay the provincial deficit – by returning a portion of money from previously signed government contracts.  It was a particularly callous move being two...

*Doing* – When it Matters Most

What is the human instinct when tragedy strikes outside of your immediate circle?  (I use the term ‘circle’ quite loosely and encourage self definition). For the past two weeks, I’ve been in keen observation mode.  Watching Anderson Cooper on CNN, reading various and...

Philanthropy: 2009 In Review

Overview: Looking from both sides of the border, the state of the economy certainly stayed top of mind in the philanthropic sector.  In the U.S., there was great energy as the administration opened the Office of Social Innovation and set aside $50 million for a fund...

Are there philanthropic ethics?

I last asked, “Will the West let Asia rise?”  I was playing off a comment from Hans Rosling’s TED presentation – and was applying a similar notion to philanthropy and social innovation. Writing for Alliance, Olga Alexeeva turned my thesis around in her article...

What will philanthropy look like in 2048?

Returning from two weeks in India – with my mind full of thoughts, I came across Hans Rosling’s video from Ted India.  I adore how excited Rosling is about statistics (b/c I’m not), and think GapMinder is quite clever (b/c helps people like me to “get it”)....

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