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The Horror of the Paris Attacks Reminds Us Why Nonprofits Matter

Monday, November 16, 2015   (0 Comments)
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November 16, 2015

Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Tom Watson

"Optimism," said Voltaire, "is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable."

His words may well serve as the motto of the social sector. In the aftermath of the brutal attacks in Paris, at a time when madness and inhumanity are on such explicit and horrid display, the work of nonprofits and their philanthropic supporters stubbornly demonstrate that much is still possible even where hope seems lacking and misery looms as an almost certainly overwhelming flood.

Where countries mobilize and arm as politicians react with angry rhetoric to the latest disgusting chapter in the endless story of attacks on modernity and self determination, ours is the quieter reaction of a self-anointed army of do-gooders, volunteers, and givers that believes in the work itself as a product — and human development as a long-term proposition. Dependent on charity, scrambling for budgets, and fielding a mostly underpaid work force, nonprofits just get on with it.

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