The New Face of Global Giving
A new humanitarianism is emerging as private donors and governments respond to the world’s needs.
In a bit of crackling newsreel footage from May 1946, a headline declares “President Buys Food Packages for Starving!” and Harry Truman is seen handing over a $1,500 check to a representative of CARE, the international humanitarian group. President Truman explains that the new organization will “act as a means for the whole country to provide a hungry person in Europe with food enough for three or four weeks,” and urges the American people to join the effort.
It is remarkable to see Truman, so closely associated with the grand, national-...