As students plan their careers to make a social impact, they should consider whether or not getting rich and making charitable donations is the most effective way to make social change.
We should think about our charity as carefully as we reflect on our work life and as responsibly as we strive to manage our personal relationships. We can do better than The Stanford Fund wants us to. Helping the very needy is a more admirable legacy for a Stanford education.
We seek to highlight the fact that at the university undergraduate level, at least at Stanford and likely outside of it, there is shamefully little ethical pushback against the use of stories instead of science to try to prove points about the world.
My intention is not condemn those who donate to disaster relief. Rather, in addition to donating to disaster relief, I hope to convince individuals to donate to address systemic causes of death as well, such as poverty.
Stanford came in second for funds raised by American universities in 2014. Stanford raised $929 million, only below Harvard’s $1.16 billion.
For the fifth consecutive year, Stanford ranked first in total private donations among American colleges, according to a report released by the Council for Aid to Education on Wednesday…