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Smile Train, Inc.
June 7, 2013

I will continue to donate to Smile Train and other successful society-focused organizations, because they MAKE A DIFFERENCE. For those of us who somehow think it's acceptable that CEOs of banks and oil companies get paid a lot, but balk at the CEOs of non-profits being paid a salary comparable to their talents, skills, and moreover the fact that they're being paid to use their skills to HELP others (as opposed to, well, making money for other rich people and stop there, in some cases, oh I don't know, crippling the US and world economy and then getting away with it), you should take some time and really think about whether your logic makes sense. Better yet, think about whether your logic is the right way to think about positive social change in this world. We reward our Ivy League graduates with tons of money to go work in Wall Street or Google or Microsoft. But when they want to use their Stanford degrees to help people, all of a sudden we don't want to pay them for it? Think again. http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pallotta_the_way_we_think_about_charity_is_dead_wrong.html

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Tell its detractors to watch this TED video: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pallotta_the_way_we_think_about_charity_is_dead_wrong.html

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