The hottest Philanthropy Substack posts right now

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Steady • 22799 implied HN points • 07 Jan 24
  1. Darius Rucker is a successful country music artist with a big heart for philanthropy.
  2. He has supported causes like childhood cancer treatment and Musicians on Call.
  3. Rucker's journey in country music breaks stereotypes and highlights progress in the genre.
Astral Codex Ten • 1858 implied HN points • 07 Mar 24
  1. ACX Grants involves an impact market where investors crowdfund grant proposals with potential for big profits if successful.
  2. Only 44 out of approximately 140 qualified participants have signed up for the impact market so far, with a different approach allowing non-accredited investors to participate.
  3. Investing in impact certificates through this system has risks like potential project failure, but also benefits such as tax deductibility.
The Save Journalism Committee • 216 implied HN points • 15 Mar 24
  1. The NYT article raises concerns about Elon Musk's foundation finances, but overlooks crucial details like the grace period where the foundation caught up on giving deficits in following years.
  2. Private foundations like Musk's have latitude in choosing charities based on legal approvals, not restrictions like public charities. Contextual understanding of foundation structures is essential.
  3. The article highlights Musk's charitable acts but frames them in a negative light, despite him helping schools, disasters, and children in need. The public benefit of these actions is significant.
Samstack • 1768 implied HN points • 29 Nov 23
  1. Effective Altruists do some weird things, like considering options like eliminating predators or flipping a coin with huge consequences.
  2. Effective Altruism is about using evidence to do the most good possible, even if some of the ideas seem strange or unconventional.
  3. Being weird is an integral part of doing good - the unconventional practices of Effective Altruists contribute to their impact.
DYNOMIGHT INTERNET NEWSLETTER • 295 implied HN points • 25 Jan 24
  1. Buying air purifiers for everyone could extend life expectancy, but at a high cost compared to other health interventions.
  2. The cost of buying air purifiers for random Americans to extend life expectancy is $32,899 per DALY, which is not as efficient as other healthcare interventions.
  3. Air purifiers may be a good health investment for individuals, but philanthropically, they are not as cost-effective as other interventions like malaria drugs.
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Erika’s Newsletter • 491 implied HN points • 07 Dec 23
  1. You can start a nonprofit research organization without needing permission from a university.
  2. Research nonprofits can be designed to fit scientific goals rather than fitting into academia or industry.
  3. To start a nonprofit, write a 'two-pager', get connected with potential funders, fundraise, manage money, hire people, get lab space, and manage intellectual property.
Trevor Klee’s Newsletter • 2611 implied HN points • 05 Apr 23
  1. Tulsa, Oklahoma is experiencing positive transformations due to the efforts of wealthy individuals and community foundations.
  2. The Tulsa Tomorrow program aims to attract young Jewish individuals to Tulsa by offering job opportunities, social events, and resources to fulfill their dreams.
  3. Wealthy individuals in Tulsa have made significant investments to improve the city, showing visible impact in contrast to certain bureaucratic challenges faced by other cities.
Pluriversal Planet • 216 implied HN points • 06 Jan 24
  1. Participatory democracy is a myth in a world dominated by Eurocentric and profit-centered ideologies.
  2. Hegemony and regeneration are conflicting philosophies, with efforts towards a pluriversal world being hindered by hidden hegemonic tactics.
  3. Tools of hegemony include philanthropy, propaganda, and education, which perpetuate control, maintain the status quo, and limit diverse perspectives.
The Friendly Neighbors • 432 implied HN points • 20 Sep 23
  1. Attended discussions on missing populations in Sustainable Development Goals, emphasizing healthcare for marginalized groups.
  2. Contrasted experiences at UNGA - one event featuring activists and another with philanthropists, highlighting the need for diverse perspectives.
  3. Advocated for the importance of uniting diverse voices in global health initiatives for comprehensive impact.
Stripe Press • 275 implied HN points • 03 Oct 23
  1. The book shares timeless lessons on investment strategy, philanthropy, and living a rational and ethical life
  2. It emphasizes the importance of learning from history to prepare for the present and future
  3. The book's goal is to help readers become broad learners with a greater understanding of the world
Steve Kirsch's newsletter • 10 implied HN points • 17 Mar 24
  1. Gates Foundation doesn't want a public discussion to address COVID vaccine misinformation
  2. The author proposed involving 'misinformation spreaders' and Gates Foundation experts in a dialogue, but received no response
  3. The foundation chose not to engage in resolving differences on vaccine safety and efficacy through open conversation
Orbis Tertius • 115 implied HN points • 24 Nov 23
  1. Entropy is a measure of energy spreading out, not disorder as commonly thought.
  2. Negentropy describes useful energy that becomes dispersed and useless, and its decrease is important for interesting phenomena.
  3. Climate change should be approached as a thermodynamic reckoning, balancing the negentropy from the sun to create a sustainable society.
Innovation Nation • 98 implied HN points • 04 Aug 23
  1. Good men often go unnoticed because their deeds are just what is expected and nothing more.
  2. Good men treat others with respect, love, and constructive criticism, making them great romantic partners, friends, and mentors.
  3. The misalignment of the brain's reward center due to hookup culture can make good men seem 'boring' in relationships.
Movements Start Small • 78 implied HN points • 19 Aug 23
  1. Intentions matter more in personal relationships, but outcomes matter more in wider contexts like work or philanthropy.
  2. In philanthropy, performance tends to be judged based on intentions rather than outcomes, potentially giving a free pass on accountability.
  3. Criticism and scrutiny are necessary in philanthropy to ensure large-scale charitable efforts are effective and have a positive impact.
Discomfort zone • 39 implied HN points • 05 Sep 23
  1. Guardianship of women is a significant issue worldwide, where women are not considered adults in the legal sense and require male permission for basic decisions.
  2. Guardianship practices are not limited to specific countries or religions, as it is observed globally.
  3. The remnants of guardianship still exist in Western societies, affecting women's autonomy and equality despite historical movements for change.
Under the Hood: The Power of Principled Leadership • 58 implied HN points • 20 Jun 23
  1. John D. Rockefeller's philanthropy had a significant positive impact, despite his negative portrayal by the media.
  2. Rockefeller's principles included using money for good, running a tight ship, and prioritizing education and continuous learning.
  3. Revisionism is important to understand historical figures accurately, as seen with Rockefeller's misunderstood legacy.
Nephew Jonathan • 1 implied HN point • 19 Feb 24
  1. The geographic distribution of top universities and public institutions in the US shows a concentration in the East, highlighting historical factors and wealth distribution.
  2. Philanthropy has shifted from building institutions to directly addressing issues, potentially contributing to societal atomization.
  3. The dearth of social clubs and community spaces like private townhouses may be impacting civil society, leading to a need for more such load-bearing pillars.
Machine Economy Press • 2 implied HN points • 18 Nov 23
  1. Kyutai is a French AI research lab with a $330 million budget that will make everything open source
  2. Kyutai was founded by billionaires Eric Schmidt, Xavier Niel, and Rodolphe Saadé to contribute to AI progress in Europe
  3. Kyutai aims to democratize artificial general intelligence through open science, backed by philanthropic efforts and support from the French government
Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends • 19 implied HN points • 23 Oct 20
  1. Twitter sweepstakes organized by Bill Pulte have taken a darker turn during the pandemic, evoking stories of desperation and hardship from participants.
  2. The phenomenon of @pulte, with 3.1 million followers, reveals a tragic trend of people reaching out online for financial help, reflecting a dire situation.
  3. Despite some positive transactions, many followers appeal directly to Pulte, raising questions about the overall impact and sincerity of the assistance provided.
Good Business, Better World • 1 HN point • 30 Mar 23
  1. Change Please trains people facing homelessness to become baristas and offers support with housing and health services.
  2. The company was inspired by a Banksy art piece featuring a homeless person with a cup of coffee and a sign that read 'Keep your coins, I want change'.
  3. Change Please generates revenue by selling coffee and uses the profits to provide support to people facing homelessness through training and services.