Sharing ideas and experiences of grassroots activism and philanthropy for economic, environmental, and social justice.

24 Mar 2009
by Colin Greer
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Public Accountability vs. Private Privilege

On NY1’s “Road to City Hall” the other day, I listened to former New York senator Alfonse D’Amato, former mayor Ed Koch, and former Comptroller Carl McCall, recently agreeing that there was no difference between billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s use of personal money in his mayoral campaign in New York, and Obama’s use of private fundraising activity during his...

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10 Mar 2009
by Colin Greer
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Priorities, Taxes and Charitable Giving

President Obama’s new budget proposals would limit itemized tax deductions to 28% for people who earn more than $250,000. It also calls for reinstating marginal tax rates of 39.6% for the same group. As a result, The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University projects that overall charitable giving could decrease by 2.1% or $3.9 billion....

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3 Mar 2009
by Colin Greer
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Service and Transformation of Public Schools

In the United States, 30% of youth fail high school every year, and the vast majority come from poor communities and populations of color. We must acknowledge that this is a problem of proportions that cannot be solved with tests or scholarships alone. Only around 50% of African-American and Hispanic kids ever graduate. And nationwide,...

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19 Feb 2009
by Colin Greer
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A Call to Service

The Obama presidency has begun with a resounding call to service. While an active citizenry and an ethos of participation is something necessary and worthy of celebration, it is not a sufficient condition for real change. Historically, America has always been a volunteer society. So have most others. In fact, volunteer behavior like collaboration is...

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