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The harm of orphanage voluntourism (& wildlife voluntourism as well)

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The harm of orphanage voluntourism (& wildlife voluntourism as well)

"Think about it: these organizations are claiming that foreigners, who may or may not be appropriate to be around children, who may or may not have any experience working with children, who may not even speak the local language, should come interact with orphans, and that an ever-changing group of foreign volunteers, coming in for a few days or weeks at a time, can somehow transform the lives of vulnerable children. Or wildlife. The only thing those foreign volunteers need is the ability to pay all of their transportation, accommodation costs, and program fees to the trip organizer. No criminal background check, no verifiable, needed skills – just money and will."

Read the full blog post here.

‘Rage Giving’ Fills Coffers Of Groups Opposing Trump

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‘Rage Giving’ Fills Coffers Of Groups Opposing Trump

Groups like Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services in New Haven, Planned Parenthood, and the American Civil Liberties Unions are reporting an uptick in giving since the election.

David Van Slyke, dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, said the challenge for nonprofits is to turn those first-time donors into regular contributors. "When you want to message and communicate with new donors, you want to demonstrate very quickly that you're using the money efficiently and effectively and it's really focused on a goal," said Van Slyke, who studies nonprofits. "And then you come back ... and you say, 'Look, we think we're in a real battle and we think we're making progress.'"

"This kind of resistance to the president will be sustainable for a small group of people," Van Slyke, but the donors he calls "the indifferent middle" may start to drop off when campaigns move from opposing Trump to supporting a particular issue.


Read the full story from the Hartford Courant here.

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