Karen Klein, bullied bus monitor: Why did a bunch of people on the Internet donate $700,000 to a woman they’ve never met?

It’s not my intention to create a hierarchy of deserving victims. But surely we can agree that, in hindsight, the monetary outpouring for Karen Klein seems disproportionate…Donations reached $5,000 within the first two hours, according to Sidorov, and were up to $100,000 by the end of the first day. People who went to the Web page could easily see that there was already more than enough money to send Karen Klein on 20 vacations. They didn’t care. They just kept giving.

What those kids did is horrible. But, in hindsight, it occurs to me that this lady wasn’t good at her job and shouldn’t be a bus monitor.

Hmm – how do we keep these kids under control? I know – we’ll put an OLD LADY on the bus!

Amazon should donate more to non-profits, say non-profits

I have mixed feelings about corporate philanthropy. I think it’s important to support causes you believe in, but when organizations go to companies asking for support it seems there’s only one person making the decision on behalf of everybody who works there. I think that’s problematic, especially for a publicly traded company, because it results in one person making a decision for every employee and choosing which organizations are more deserving than others.

That’s why I like the idea of company match programs.1 In these programs corporations don’t donate to causes until employees do, which makes corporate donations a more accurate reflection of what its employees care about and ends up supporting a much wider range of deserving organizations. It also encourages individuals to get involved in these non-profits, not to just rely on a suit from higher up to make some decision to donate to a cause they may or may not agree with.

The Kids Can’t Wait

Steve Jobs is criticized for his lack of philanthropy. I give him the benefit of the doubt because there’s no way to know what he did anonymously, or if he did anything anonymously.

This tale of the “Kids Can’t Wait” program, an ambitious program to get a donate a computer to every school, paints him in a better light.