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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A Few Observations

A few observations:

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy seems pretty awesome. Based on my limited information, I would say that they generate a lot of utility per dollar spent. This is partly because they hit a lot of birds with one stone - they help poor people in developing countries on a personal level, they help developing countries use their resources efficiently on a macro level, they set developing countries down a path toward a more transit-friendly future, and in doing all of this they benefit the environment.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation also seems pretty awesome. It's massive - it dispenses nearly a half a billion dollars a year in grants - and its goals seem to be well-chosen (for instance, it helps fund the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy). It's too bad it gets less attention than the Stephen and Melinda Gates Foundation and other similarly-named foundations.


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