"Effective Altruism": Where Peter Singer Gets Philanthropy Wrong

October 10, 2013 | Posted by Michael C. Phillip in


Altruism, like love, is a trait that resists quantification. Its existence can’t be reduced to a numerical value because altruism is inherently relational. When the relational aspect is removed or diminished, altruism becomes less about others and more about ourselves. Instead of being an end in itself, altruism becomes a means to an end; and that end is almost always self-focused. Peter Singer,... Read More

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The Way Millennials Give, and Why it Should Concern Us

September 16, 2013 | Posted by Michael C. Phillip in


Last month, The Chronicle of Philanthropy conducted an in-depth study on the future of philanthropy in America. The study looked at America’s four adult generations (WWII, Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials) and how they give to charity. As if there was any doubt, Millennials give very differently than their predecessors. Whereas the elder three generations ranked “my place of worship” as the top... Read More

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