Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Free Rice

It's addictive, it's vocabulary-building, it feeds hungry people and it's free! What could be more appealing than Free Rice? I have only reached a high score of 48, though I understand no one has gone over 50. I promptly dropped back down to a consistent 46, which is still respectable. And I'm learning near words I'll never use in poems. As they're too abstruse. Oh, there's another one.

The new wave of philanthropy is online, individual giving directly to the recipient, or in something different than a gift -- say, a microloan. As a fundraiser, I can predict this will transform the way contributions are made in decades to come, and even possibly affect national economies. And as a fundraiser, I can also say it's a good thing when more giving is less handled by professionals. Though you want to be careful your gifts are going where they're supposed to, and that means professionals will always be needed. But not so needed, and that's perhaps a very good thing.