A Generation of Hope
I have some experience on the marketing side of charity, and know that the idea that charities are burdened by the same institutional imperatives as any other organization is frustrating. Believe me, I know how frustrating it is first hand.
It would be nice to imagine that every single dollar donated would go directly to relief efforts, but that’s just not the way it is; and complaints about much charitable orgaziations spend outside of their core mission often remind me a lot of campus Marxists complaining about how much money our capitalist economy “wastes” on making and marketing 20 different brands of toilet paper.
If I have further thoughts on that (actually I do, I once had a mid-level manager at a charity scream at me that my work took rice out of starving children’s mouths) I’ll share them in another post.
In the mean time, I wrote, directed and edited the below film in 2000. I didn’t make as much working on this film (and others like it) as I did when I worked on promotional videos for Fortune 500 companies, but I made more than I did producing and selling Tony Comstock’s erotic documentaries.
So, in keeping with the League Symposium on Charity and since it’s World AIDS Day, here’s A Generation of Hope: Orphans of the Zimbabwe AIDS Crisis