Cater's Choice

Nick Cater chooses his top sector-related offerings of the week.

Nick Cater
Nick Cater


As always, new charities or US imports are on their way to jostle for position in the philanthropic marketplace. Tomorrow, 24 January, the Falklands Veterans Foundation and the Human Givens Foundation launch the national charity Resolution. Its aim is to treat war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. See the website at for details. 

A transatlantic arrival due any day now is the UK version of US-based online marketplace Global Giving, which connects "donors directly to grass- roots charity projects in the developing world". It is headed by Sharath Jeevan (pictured), the former boss of eBay for Charity. See for details.


If you must find out whether "functions working in silos within charities mean that digital media is currently set adrift" and other vital, if sometimes incomprehensible, questions about SMS, YouTube and more, check out Digital Communications for Charities, the workshop on 24 January that includes presentations from more than a dozen charities. See for details.


Dalit, in Sanskrit, means "the broken people", but 170 million of India's underclass are now resisting their oppression and fighting for political power against segregation in a country that is economically booming. The plight of those kept at the bottom of a billion-strong society is featured in Channel 4's Unreported World on 25 January.


In similar territory, A Dollar A Day on the BBC World Service today has Mike Wooldridge visiting Africa, India, South America and the US to discover the brutal hardship of living in poverty. But he also uncovers the energy and determination of people in vibrant communities living on nothing.

Many charities uncritically pursue the famous, so Chasing Celebrity on Radio 2 on 29 January is worth a listen, especially because cultural pundit Paul Morley explores exposure and its rewards with PR man Max Clifford, Christine Hamilton, the wife of former Tory MP Neil, Strictly Come Dancing's Alesha Dixon and MP Lembit Opik, as well as those pulling the strings, from TV producers to agents.

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