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Giving makes us happy: charity improves well-being for donors too

Its an oft repeated truism that giving makes you happy. Given that today (20th of March) is World Happiness Day, this is unlikely to be the only blog published that makes a connection between philanthropy and contentedness. 435 more words

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The 0.7% commitment is a triumph for civil society, not a party political gimmick

On Monday 9th of March the international development bill received royal ascent and enshrined Britain’s commitment to spending 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) on Official Development Assistance (ODA) into law. 1,222 more words

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Why aren't Turkish people giving regularly to civil society organisations?

Turkey has a strongly growing economy, a democratic government, secular institutions and an established civil society sector but people aren’t engaging in regular charitable giving. 1,306 more words

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Is addressing inequality through philanthropy a paradox?  

The super rich are increasingly being held up as examples of extreme inequality. Many would argue that when billionaires show concern about such issues they are simply paying lip service. 720 more words

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Civil society is not just a means for delivering sustainable development, it is an end in itself

Some of the leading lights in business and politics will be heading out to Switzerland for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos later this month, to discus some of they key challenges facing the world in the coming years. 1,580 more words

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Donors prone to blaming the victims of man-made humanitarian disasters

Boxing Day marked the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Millions of people around the world watched the rolling footage in horror and disbelief. Many of those people reacted in the same, distinctly human way to those images; by giving money to support the humanitarian response. 1,260 more words

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Tax incentives for giving are effective, even in Low Income countries – Rules to Give By Index published

A new global index allows us for the first time to understand the relationship between tax breaks for charitable giving and the proportion of people who give money to charity. 1,222 more words

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