At its most basic, charity is about giving without the expectation of return. Often charities push against the "invisible hand" of the marketplace as they act selflessly to feed those without money for food, clothe those without access to credit, provide spiritual guidance to those who have no church, etc. Now here's food for thought. In a recent article in The Nation, Paul Light, a professor of public service at New York University, predicted that "at a minimum" more than 100,000 nonprofit organizations would be wiped out in the next two years.
The Nation reported that Light went on to ask the assembled audience whether any of them had tuned in to the recent hearing in Washington on the impending nonprofit upheaval. The room fell silent. Light then admitted he'd missed the deliberations as well, because, alas, there hadn't been any. "We should demand a hearing immediately on the state of the nonprofit sector--immediately," he declared.
Would you attend such a session? Would you come to a meeting in Charleston to discuss what should or should not be done to save collapsing nonprofits? Are some too big to fail? Are some expendable? What is your view?