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With Charity for All by Ken Stern

With Charity for All by Ken Stern

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Vast and largely unexamined, the world of American charities accounts for fully ten percent of economic activity in this country, yet operates with little accountability, no real barriers to entry, and a stunning lack of evidence of effectiveness. In With Charity for All, Ken Stern reveals a problem hidden in plain sight and prescribes a whole new way for Americans to make a difference.

Vast and largely unexamined, the world of American charities accounts for fully ten percent of economic activity in this country, yet operates with little accountability, no real barriers to entry, and a stunning lack of evidence of effectiveness. In With Charity for All, Ken Stern reveals a problem hidden in plain sight and prescribes a whole new way for Americans to make a difference.

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Published by: Doubleday on Jan 10, 2013
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Pierre L’Enfant laid out his plans forthe new District of Columbia in 1791, he designed SixteenthStreet to be one of the grand avenues of the new capital. Two hundredand twenty years later, his vision has been mostly realized. SixteenthStreet rises from the foot of the White House, runs north past luxury hotels, rows of embassies, the blank façade of the national headquar-ters of the Freemasons, through parks and the prosperous leafy neigh-borhoods of Washington’s Gold Coast, up past Walter Reed Hospital,before reaching a tired ending among the down-market strip mallsand mini-marts of Silver Spring, Maryland. At key points, it com-mands sweeping views not only of the White House but of the Wash-ington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial beyond.Living in the Mount Pleasant section of Washington, I frequent a stretch along this storied street. From my home, it’s a fifteen-minute walk along Sixteenth Street to our local grocery store. Along the way,I pass some of the landmarks of the neighborhood: the All Souls Uni-tarian Church, the Little Flower Montessori School, the Scottish RiteTemple, a dormitory for Howard University students. In a span of about eight blocks, I pass no fewer than sixteen nonprofit organiza-

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