May 24, 2017
Here goes nothing! We are pleased
to launch the Giving Thought Podcast, brought to you by the
Foundation's in house think-tank Giving Thought.
In our first episode, we will be
looking at the interplay between philanthropy, charity and
politics. Given recent political events around the world and the
trend for civil society activism to singled out for special
scrutiny for its political influence this seems timely.
We have decided to look at this
issue from three interesting angles;
- Scrapping the Johnson
amendment: What if President Trump follows through on his
pledge to "destroy" the Johnson amendment which restricts the
political lobbying of non profits and religious
- The emerging legal
environment for Chinese civil society: New laws have made
life much easier for donors and charities to operate ... as long as
you agree with the government.
- Fake News: The
proliferation of false stories targeted at specific audiences
online raises problems for charities in getting their message
across but also new needs for them to address.
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Algorithms are the automated
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lives and the choices we make.
Truth Decay: Philanthropy and the battle against
misinformation and fake news
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