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Chang Che

The ethics of giving back

Last summer, Canadian writer Malcolm Gladwell argued that donating to Princeton was a “moral crime.” When people decide to donate their money to a cause, he says, they must also consider where that money isnotgoing. He assumes that people donate to improve the lives of others, and, therefore, thatthey are wrong to donate to the school with the largest per capita endowment in the world, where the impact of their donationis minimal.

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