Capitalist Philanthropy: Good, Bad or Gray?

Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn, has an interesting interview in The Atlantic today. Hoffman is a fan of what’s known as Capitalist Philanthropy. To some, it’s a term of derision. But what does the Dragon think? I think Hoffman makes some solid points. Today’s interview is in response to another article which questioned the outsized […]

Maximizing the “Helper’s High”

A quick google search will turn up article after article listing the positive effects of altruism on mental and physical health. The top cited effects are: Lower stress levels / reduced cortisol Greater self esteem Less depression Lower blood pressure Longer life Greater happiness Boom! Who doesn’t want more of those effects in their life? […]

Identifying Common Ground: Politics and Giving

It’s a divided world. Finding common ground is a tough ask in the current political environment. But it is possible, and a little time spent investigating why you believe what YOU believe and why others believe what THEY believe can help you identify your priorities and have productive conversations with your loved ones. Giving is […]

How Much Should I Give?

Two of the most challenging things about giving are determining how much you should give and how much you can afford to give. Sure, Warren Buffet is giving away 99% of his wealth, but he has a crazy amount to begin with! You and I need to eat. (Note that there are some great letters […]

Human Services: Helping People

Although this is the third most popular type of giving, this is still a giant category. Human services encompasses all types of assistance that go directly towards helping people. Some of these services are visible to all of us on a daily basis, some are more “behind the scenes”. A new development in this area, […]

Religion and Education: The Biggest Causes

Religious Organizations By far the easiest gift, from the perspective of mental time associated with decision making, is to give to your religious organization. They ask you for money regularly, and presumably you are invested in their cause if you are a member of their congregation. Sweet! Depending upon your church, money that you give […]