An examination of philanthropy

Who gives how much to whom? Why? And to what end? The New York Times Magazine published an in-depth exploration of the world of philanthropy on Sunday and still somehow managed to get a beautiful young actress on the cover.

We looked at one of these articles on Sunday. Today we call your attention to two pieces by Jim Holt–one on whether philanthropy is genetically rooted, and the other on the role of celebrities in putting charities on the map, are especially good. The second of these focuses on micro-finance.

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