As far as trust goes, you should always trust people to be... well... people. And people tend to reward themselves (and those in their entourage) for their good deeds.
By Garrison Wynn | January 22, 2010; 09:52 PM ET | Comments (1)
Researching an organization before giving money is important. That said, I must admit my admiration for anyone, such as Wyclef Jean, who can create an instant flow of cash to a country in need.
By Misti Burmeister | January 21, 2010; 12:03 AM ET | Comments (0)
Jean's fame suggests that he should strive for a greater arms-length relationship with Yele Haiti in order to protect his reputation and the trust of his fans and donors.
By Patricia McGuire | January 21, 2010; 12:02 AM ET | Comments (0)
If Wyclef Jean wants to help the people of Haiti, he needs to keep his "day job" as a musician and allow the Red Cross and UNICEF to do what they do best.
By Jan Scruggs | January 21, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (1)
We all want heroes, just like we want a quick buck. As long as there's fortune to be made, someone who raises our hopes, we will follow, throwing our fortunes in with our hopes. That's why it pays to be careful when it comes to investments of any kind: trust or cash.
By Seth Kahan | January 21, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (2)
You just have to recognize when you've been blessed with resources, you can and should share.
By Michelle Singletary | November 24, 2009; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (0)
People are working for causes that they believe in, where they want to make a difference -- but the reality is that there is a constant race for donations to support nonprofit organizations.
By Eric Schaeffer | November 24, 2009; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (0)
Giving back doesn't mean just financially, it also can mean with your time, pro bono work or giving away items that you may not use anymore.
By Susan Lacz | November 23, 2009; 03:09 PM ET | Comments (1)
I'm not saying that people are not compassionate; I'm saying that it's a lot easier to be compassionate when you can afford it and prefer to have someone other than the IRS wind up with your money.
By Garrison Wynn | November 23, 2009; 02:07 PM ET | Comments (2)
"Thanksgiving" marries two important words -- "thanks" for the great charity that has been, and "giving" again to sustain the work that must continue.
By Patricia McGuire | November 23, 2009; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (0)
If people believe that financial success is driven mainly by effort, they are likely to feel less obligation to help those who are less successful.
By Catherine H. Tinsley | November 23, 2009; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (6)
The biggest financial gift any successful person could ever give is the gift of helping others generate financial success on their own.
By Misti Burmeister | November 23, 2009; 09:37 AM ET | Comments (0)
Increasingly, many businesses are baking their charitable, community and cause-related commitments into their core mission.
By Michael J. Berland | November 23, 2009; 09:06 AM ET | Comments (0)
Rather than asking whether millionaires should give away money, the more important point seems to be that truly successful people are driven to do so.
By Virginia Bianco-Mathis | November 23, 2009; 08:41 AM ET | Comments (2)