Why do people give—is it because they are magnanimous or because they feel guilty?
Does volunteerism discourage initiative and self-help and make those at the receiving end dependent on hand-outs?
Does it matter how a philanthropist makes his money so long as he/she gives it away?
Can giving and profit-making be combined?
Does it help—or hurt—to have rock stars and TV personalities (e.g., Bono, Shakira, Winfrey) get involved in discussions of poverty and other global challenges?
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