June 28, 2012
Re "New wave, new target?," Opinion, June 25 Despite Gregory Rodriguez's excellent points concerning the connection between high socioeconomic status and bigotry, I take issue with his retelling of one writer's simplistic assertion that Jewish philanthropy is motivated "by a desire to defuse envy over the income disparity between the Jewish and Gentile populations. " Generosity is a built-in Jewish value. Every Jewish kid learns of tzedakah - that charity is an obligation.
July 26, 2013 |
Kanye West may believe he is a god, but somehow Jay Z just upped him in the ontological battle over each's greatness. This particular flame war started in 2012, when singer and longtime civil rights activist Harry Belafonte told the Hollywood Reporter that " I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities," he said. "But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay-Z and Beyonce, for example.
April 5, 2012 |
The road to hell is typically paved with good intentions. For Greg Mortenson, it was laid down with two New York Times bestsellers, hundreds of public appearances and the idea that Afghanistan and Pakistan could be saved if you built enough schools in them. Hidden beneath those efforts appear to have been “significant lapses in judgment” involving charity money. Those lapses have led the Montana state attorney general to toss Mortenson out of his own charity, the Central Asia Institute, and now to force him to pay back $1 million, according to the results of an investigation announced Thursday. “The story of Central Asia Institute and Greg Mortenson evokes notions of the best of our aspirations to do good and the generosity of the American public,” Montana Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1992
Quoting from "Charity Putting Its Faith in House of Hope" (Dec. 3): "There are up to 4,000 homeless women and children in Orange County on the streets, but only 300 beds available at any one time to take care of them." This represents only a small segment of homeless throughout our great nation. How can President-elect Clinton promise to rescind the Bush Administration policy of repatriation of Haitian refugees with so many of our citizens being neglected? What happened to "Charity begins at home"?
December 7, 2012 |
Fergie hosted the star-studded Voli Light Vodka cocktail party Thursday night to benefit Cell Phones For Soldiers at Skybar at the Mondrian in Los Angeles. The vodka brand donated 500,000 minutes to the charity, and Fergie, who co-owns Voli Light Vodka, presented the organization with a check at the party. Guests sipped Voli cocktails called the "Fergatini," "Red Carpet" and "Creamsicle. " The songstress walked the event in a sparkling red Monique Lhuillier dress and Fergalicious heels and dished on he favorite drink.
June 18, 2005
The article about the Montalban Foundation having its status suspended for not filing required reports with the state of California ["Montalban Foundation Out of Business, for Now," June 15] was disturbing. Co-founder Jerry Velasco asked, "Why didn't anybody tell us about this?" Actually, it is the job of the leader of a charity to know such things. The other officers and the members of the board of directors should also know that they have legal obligations to the state and federal governments when they operate a tax-exempt nonprofit.