“Ferguson Shooting, Not Ice-Bucket Craze, Demands Philanthropy’s Focus” By Amy Schiller, The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

While the ice-bucket challenge did provoke some debate about philanthropic priorities, most didn’t ask the really tough questions. We should ask ourselves how nonprofits, which are devoted to improving the world and extending generosity to others, are so easily able to see, empathize with, and take action on behalf of people vulnerable to illness—a nameless, faceless force of nature—but less willing to do the same with those who are vulnerable to police violence, a problem that has an all-too-specific name. No one would dare say that those suffering from ALS might have somehow brought the illness upon themselves by their conduct. That trope often dominated the coverage of Michael Brown’s death and ensuing protest, suggesting that robbing a convenience store, disobeying a police officer, or simply assembling en masse to mourn all justified responses ranging from gunshots to tear gas deployed in crowds. If those of us in the nonprofit world limit ourselves to “safe” causes, we’re missing out on our highest calling.

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