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More's the Pity: Not Every Victim Ought to Be a Charity Case

Date: November 17, 2002
Author: Prof. Peter Frumkin Ph.D.
QUOTE: ...uncomfortable questions about whether we should be so quick to seek charitable resources for every new group of victims that violence and terror create.

ABSTRACT: The article questions whether charity is always a good way to deal with the aftermath of tragic situations. Charities recompense relatives of victims (this is currently most common), but this isn’t always fair because it is not based on need but rather on evenly dispersing fundraised money collected from the community. Instead the author suggests (in addition to government guidance of charity) an emphasis on philanthropy to address root causes rather than amelioration of the effects.

--- C. Heimbuch-Skaley

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