Bits and Pieces

While my mind has been swirling around Wall Street these past few days, a few philanthropy bits have caught my attention. Going to the Dogs- If you recall that a few of Leona Helmsley’s millions were left to the care and welfare of dogs, you might appreciate the...

A Forum for Risk

Last week, a sports-fan friend introduced me to an on-line forum where he publicly posts his weekly football picks.  Coupled with the team he believes will prevail is a brief rationale of why he is making this choice and placing his bet on a particular team.  For him,...

GAO recommends FEMA to step up coordination

With Gustav, Hanna, and Ike just behind us and many more letters of the alphabet still to go, the GAO’s report Voluntary Organizations:  FEMA Should More Fully Assess Organizations’ Mass Care Capabilities and Update the Red Cross Role in Catastrophic Events asks...

More on Wall Street’s shake-up

Yesterday’s Give and Take blog brought up questions similar to those of my post on Frannie and Freddie Mac.  (There are some interesting responses coming in from the public today.) With the Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch shake-up, the instability of AIG, the...

Can organizations do well by doing good?

This week’s government take over/bail out/acquisition of Fannie and Freddie Mac has prompted some very interesting conversations on all sides of government, business, and the non-profit sector – including how to balance the drive for profit with the desire...

Moving beyond conservation

Residing in a oil-rich province, my morning reading consists of the daily banter between business tycoons and the environmental conservationists.  Last month, a group of Canadian Sierra Club members bicycled to the tar sands (approximately 1,000 km) to gather water...

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