The family is getting out of newspapers in the United States, leaving rich philanthropists to redefine what big-city newspapers are. So what will the media charitable causes in Australia do?
Harold Mitchell's review of arts philanthropy should be welcomed by the sector and its recommendations should be adopted by Arts Minister Simon Crean.
We are too focused on our own needs and on hoarding more with the sad result that we lack the ability to care for others or approach life with a generous demeanor and spirit, writes Daniel Petre, executive chairman of Netus and head of the Petre Foundation.
Warren Buffet and Bill Gates are asking US billionaires to pledge at least half of their fortunes to charity. This has the potential to completely change philanthropy forever, says Carol Loomis.
"Physical fitness programs in schools should be mandatory and taken very, very seriously," says one Crikey reader today. In other topics Crikey readers are feisty about: health reform, Gen Y and philanthropy.
What does it say about Australian donation rates when an anonymous Irish do-gooder suddenly can set local donation records?
Richard Pratt's honorary Doctorate in Law from Melbourne Uni is a qualification that presumably gives him unusual insight into these thoughts from ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel on the operation of cartels, a ''form of theft ... little different from classes of corporate crime that already attract criminal sentences".