Effective Compassion
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Good deed gone bad

Compassion | Addiction and missing funds complicate a case of good intentions
by Rob Holmes
Posted 9/05/18, 03:59 pm

A New Jersey judge last week ordered a woman to hand over more than $400,000 she raised last year to help a homeless veteran who gave her his last $20 for gas money.

In a suit filed last week, the veteran, Johnny Bobbitt, accused Kate McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, of fraud and conspiracy, claiming they were holding the money and using it to fund an extravagant lifestyle. The couple said Bobbitt did not have a bank account and could not be trusted with the entire amount due to a drug addiction.

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The state of poverty fighting in America

Compassion | Four examples of compassion, four axioms concerning welfare, and four predictions
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/01/18, 11:42 am

Voting for the winner of the 2018 Hope Awards for Effective Compassion has one week to go. If you haven’t already read about the regional winners and voted, please visit our Hope Awards page by Sept. 8 and vote for whichever of the Final Five moves you the most.

To warm you up more for that effort, here is a transcript of a talk about helping the poor I gave four years ago at a national conference of philanthropists.

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Change from within

Compassion | Prisoners attempt to organize a strike and demand reform
by Charissa Koh
Posted 8/29/18, 03:21 pm

Prison reform activists are celebrating a national prison strike to improve wages and living conditions for inmates, but officials in several states deny the strike is happening.

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