Category Archives: Charity

News Coverage: “This Republican mayor has an incredibly simple idea to help the homeless. And it seems to be working.”

Colby Itkowitz, This Republican mayor has an incredibly simple idea to help the homeless. And it seems to be working, Washington Post, August, 11, 2016. [Public works day jobs provide hope for Albuquerque’s homeless.]

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News Article: Trump wants to cut off poor people’s legal lifeline

News Article: Bryce Covert, Trump wants to cut off poor people’s legal lifeline, Think Progress (Apr. 6, 2017).

News Article: Immigrants are going hungry so Trump won’t deport them

News Article: Caitlin Dewey, Immigrants are going hungry so Trump won’t deport them, Washington Post (Mar. 16, 2017).

Op-Ed: The Pope on Panhandling: Give Without Worry

Op-Ed: Editorial Board, The Pope on Panhandling: Give Without Worry, N.Y. Times (Mar. 3, 2017).

New Article: “Giving as Governance? Philanthrocapitalism and Modern-Day Slavery Abolitionism”

New Article: Janie Chuang, Giving as Governance? Philanthrocapitalism and Modern-Day Slavery Abolitionism, 62 UCLA L. Rev. 1516 (2015).  Abstract below:

This Essay examines the potential influence of a new breed of actor in the global antitrafficking arena: the venture philanthropist, or “philanthrocapitalist.” Philanthrocapitalists have already helped rebrand “trafficking” as “modern-day slavery,” and have expressed their ambitions to lead global efforts to eradicate the problem. With their deep financial resources and access to powerful networks, philanthrocapitalists hold tremendous power to shape the future trajectory of the antitrafficking movement. This Essay warns, however, against the possibility that philanthrocapitalists could also reconfigure the landscape of global antitrafficking policymaking, marginalizing or even displacing other actors’ efforts to address the problem.

[Note, though this is framed as a trafficking article, it might also interest others working on the impact directed giving can have on charitable missions/work.]

New Article: “Mission-Driven Corporations and Shareholder Profit”

New Article: Kevin V. Tu, Mission-Driven Corporations and Shareholder Profit, forthcoming GW L. Rev., SSRN 2015.  Abstract below:

What is the proper role of the corporation in society? This question, in its many iterations, has inspired decades of debate. The normative question of whether corporations should be viewed as purely private enterprises with the singular objective of maximizing shareholder wealth or alternatively as possessing broader obligations to the public may never be settled. However, the legal question of the extent to which the traditional corporate form permits the pursuit of both shareholder profit and the pursuit of a social missions has taken on new found importance. In light of increased interest and demand for corporations that are also good citizens, the legal uncertainty about the existence of a duty to maximize profits is increasingly problematic for corporate managers and shareholders. The widespread addition of the Benefit Corporation as a new legal entity capable of facilitating dual objectives of profit and social missions only adds to the immediacy of the need to resolve this question. While Benefit Corporation statutes provide added certainty for those that elect to organize in that form, the broader impact on existing business entities may be significant. This Article evaluates several unintended consequences that may adversely impact the existing legal framework for traditional corporations, and concludes that the adoption of Benefit Corporation statutes without further efforts to clarify the fundamental question of the extent to which traditional corporations may pursue social missions will result in a more complex and inefficient environment for corporate decision-making.

Op-Ed: For the love of God, rich people, stop giving Ivy League colleges money – Vox

Op-Ed: For the love of God, rich people, stop giving Ivy League colleges money – Vox.

[Note: could be useful to generate class discussion as well.]

Let Them Eat Cash – NYTimes.com

Let Them Eat Cash – NYTimes.com.  (Could be good as an assignment for a class.)

New Article: “Mitigating the effects of an economic downturn on charitable contributions: facing the problem and contemplating solutions”

New Article: Grace Soyon Lee, Mitigating the effects of an economic downturn on charitable contributions: facing the problem and contemplating solutions, 22 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 589 (2013).

New Article: “Cyberfinancing for Economic Justice”

New Article: Lisa T. Alexander, Cyberfinancing for Economic Justice, 4 Wm & Mary Bus. L. Rev. 309 (2013).  Abstract below:

This article argues for the socially optimal regulation of online peer-to-peer (P2P) lending and crowdfunding to advance economic justice in the United States. Peer-to-peer lending websites, such as Prosper.com or Kiva.org, facilitate lending transactions between individuals online without the involvement of a traditional bank or microfinance institution. Crowdfunding websites, such as Kickstarter.com, enable individuals to obtain financing from large numbers of contributors at once through an open online request for funds. These web-based transactions, and the intermediary organizations that facilitate them, constitute emerging cyberfinancing markets. These markets connect many individuals at once, across class, race, ethnicity, nationality, space, and time in an interactive and dynamic way. During a time of significant economic distress in the United States, these markets also represent an unprecedented economic development opportunity for historically marginalized economic actors. Yet, no legal scholar has addressed the implications of these developments for economic justice in the United States. Drawing from the fields of law and geography, social networking theory, and comparative institutional analysis, this Article conceptualizes these new markets as “cyberspaces,” similar to geographic spaces, whose laws, norms, and rules will partially determine who will benefit from the economic opportunities that arise in these spaces. The recently enacted Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act does not facilitate substantial distributive justice in crowdfunding markets. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), which produced a report in response to the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act’s mandate that it study the P2P lending industry, has also failed to recommend a regulatory structure that will facilitate economic justice. This Article recommends that a range of federal regulators such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC), the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and the U.S. Treasury Department (Treasury), should collaborate to implement a revised Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) that would promote economic justice in these markets.