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  • Photo of a metal door opening to show a school hallway lined with lockers

    Student Philanthropy for All

    by Adam Goudjil

    I’m a product of student philanthropy. Nine years ago, my elementary school class fundraised only using pennies — a Penny Harvest — then democratically decided where the money would go.

    I echo the sentiments expressed by countless students who have participated in these kinds of programs. In retrospect, exposing students to …

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  • Photo of a man walking on a sidewalk in front of a brick wall with graffiti and the word "Good" painted on it

    Increasing Critiques of (Big) Philanthropy

    by Michael Moody and Tory Martin

    It’s an increasingly common topic of discussion about — and within — our sector: has philanthropy has gone awry? These critiques are important and provocative appeals to hold big donors and major institutions accountable in a democratic society. Yet, some critics may run the risk of …

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