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May 05, 2007

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Dan Bassill

In every big city there are a few people like Larry and many kids like the one's Larry seeks to help in Dallas. Because of the way philanthropy works, a few organizations are able to find donors who will support their efforts. Most struggle to find these donors consistently. Many neighborhoods don't have programs that help the kids.

Until we can more find donors who want to use their money to help kids grow up, rather than put their names on more buildings at some university or hospital, the Larrys of the world are going to struggle, and that means very few of the kids they are trying to help will ever get a chance for college or a career.

Thanks Phil for writing about Larry. It connects us via the Internet. Maybe that's one step toward creating greater visibility, and attracting some of these donors, who want to same results, to reach out to support the Larrys in every city.

Phil

Thanks, Dan. Forging connections on link at a time.

Albert Ruesga

Why should it be up to the Larrys of the world to help poor kids? Why isn't this a shared (meaning, a public) responsibility?

Phil

You mean tax and spend liberalism? A social contract to redistribute wealth? Sounds like Rawls and The Great Society.

Stuart Johnson

Something like that. It's not my treasure that sustains me, but the fact that all of us -- rich and poor -- agree not to rebel too vigorously against the structures, habits of mind, etc. that sustain our positions in the world relative to the real or imagined slobs even lower than us in the food chain. As for the dynastically wealthy: they have all the wealth and power, but damn it, we’ve read all the great books.

Phil

Maybe that is how we qualify as Fools on retainer to Leading Families of Wealth?

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