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How To Be Great At Doing Good: Why Results Are What Count and How Smart Charity Can Change the World by Nick Cooney

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1Why Charity?

Asking Why

When I was eight, my brother, sister, and I had a little game we liked to play. The goal of this game was simple: to drive my mom crazy.

We had each received as a Christmas present a white magnetic board with a set of brown tiles. By arranging the tiles on the board you could write words or draw blocky, pixelated pictures. By today's standards this sounds like a pretty boring toy, but for us it was a lot of fun. On my brother's whiteboard he would use the tiles to spell out the letter “W.” On mine I spelled out the letter “H.” My sister spelled out “Y.” Then we'd ask my mom a question—something innocent enough, like “What's for dinner?” After she'd reply, we'd each hold up our letters and chant, “Why?” The exchange ...

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