Many of you will have already received your copy of the Overseas journal, but for those still waiting, you can now view the latest issue online.
As well as regular features such as News and views, ROSL People, Branches, and Event listings, this issue takes a close look at philanthropy in today's society and asks the question 'Do we need to redefine modern giving?'
It’s more than just donating money, it’s giving time, expertise or whatever you have to offer. With this in mind, Overseas looks at some of ROSL’s donors, asks what they have contributed and why they got involved. While much of our support goes to musicians, through the scholarships and prizes awarded as part of the Annual Music Competition, a Dutch charity, Musicians Without Borders, has turned the tables and are the ones providing the support. Abi Millar speaks to Laura Hassler, its Founder and Director, about using music to heal the wounds of war.
Of course, there are also pitfalls to avoid with charitable giving. Ross Davies discusses the prospect of uber-wealthy philanthropists’ activities adversely impacting the natural flow of democracy with David Callahan, Founder of Inside Philanthropy. Should these wealthy patrons be stepping in where the state would normally have a say? But who’s to say the state spends its aid budget wisely? Elly Earls looks at the potential for the government to waste aid spending by attempting to protect the national interest, lessening the benefits the money provides.