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Two Articles: Charity
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/30/the-family-that-built-an-empire-of-pain https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/01/04/what-money-can-buy-profiles-larissa-macfarquhar Novemeber is here. With Thanksgiving around the corner, it's a good time to think about giving and This month we'd discuss two charities: the Sackler family & the Ford foundation. In the family of pain. we discuss the sackler charity. A family who's generosity is made well known through their named contributions to buildings around the world, including the temple of durden at the MET museum. We'll discuss their givings, as well as the family's history and the source of their wealth and how it may contribute to the opioid crisis today. In the second article we'd discuss the Ford foundation. A non-profit with the ambitious goal of lowering inequality around the world. We'd discuss how the foundation was created, what their relationship with the Ford family is today, their controversial programs and positions and how does a non-profit go and tackle a problem like inequality.

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