Charity multiplies misery by Conservationist2007 on Flickr.
The follow appears in the most recent Deal magazine. Note especially the last four words. The attitudes and perspectives described in this paragraph are quite revealing—in fact, they point the way to understanding why charity continues to be important, not to mention undervalued.
For the past decade or so, the term “social entrepreneur” has emerged as favorite jargon in development and philanthropic circles. The term has about as many definitions and applications as it does practitioners. Generally speaking, it implies new ideas to solving social problems, approaches that are ethical and compassionate but rooted in pragmatism and real-world business practices. And, say most in the field, social entrepreneurialism must have as a goal economic growth and sustainability. If not, it’s merely a charity.