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No one needs the competitions currently proposed as philanthropic "Shark Tanks," because they ultimately demean seriousness behind charity.

"It was hard to believe it when the Council on Foundations announced last week that it was inviting nonprofits to join in a competition at its annual conference next month where groups would publicly suggest their best ideas to win $40,000 for a project to jump-start the economy, nationally or locally....Has organized philanthropy jumped the shark? How did it become appropriate to put nonprofits on display in a competitive process to pitch their ideas like carnival barkers?" -- Maria Mottola, Gail Nayowith, and Jon Pratt, the Chronicle of Philanthropy

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