Nonprofit Chronicles

Journalism about foundations, nonprofits and their impact

As a girl growing up in Reno, Nevada, Sue Desmond wasn’t satisfied with an A. “I wanted an A-plus,” she says. She also wanted to make a contribution. Watching her father, a drugstore owner, display kindness towards customers left a strong impression. As a young doctor, she and her husband, Nicholas Hellmann, moved to Uganda …

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You know the proverb: Give a man to fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. But what if we’re not very good at giving fishing lessons? What if, instead, we simply give money to poor people, and let them decide how to …

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