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Weekend Links: The Awesome Foundation and Hunger in India

February 11, 2011

Trina writes about the Awesome Foundation as a case study of “next gen philanthropy”.  Basically, the Awesome Foundation has what sound like micro-giving-circles in cities around North America.  Participants donate $100 a month and then fund $1,000 requests for “awesome” ideas.  Trina outlines why this is both awesome and not-so-awesome.  In fact, there was an Awesome Foundation request for ideas in my hometown just recently! (H/T Trista at New Voices of Philanthropy)

Sadly, the NYTimes reports on how many people in India continue to go hungry despite the country’s economic gains.  Focused mainly on India’s lack of progress on rural and agriculture policy, the article only confirms the growing gap between rich and poor there and the fact that selected and limited philanthropy among the ultra-rich leaves huge social problems untouched.

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