The Priorities of Foundations Need to Improve for Americans
Nader asks large foundations to rethink priorities. Nader notes the Center for Auto Safety:“One aviation safety group of long-proven merit, the Aviation Consumer Action Project, had to close down, while another, the Center for Auto Safety, has worked wonders but on a tiny budget.” Seehttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/ralph-nader/large-foundations-rethink_b_6648102.html
As usual, Nader is right on a subject of life or death importance.
Foundations have “sequestered” billions of dollars made, and tax sheltered, in America. Yet here in America we are still struggling to get out of the Great Recession while foundations spend huge amounts of money elsewhere. Just one example, in an interview in 2010, Melinda Gates was interviewed:Q. “Why don’t you direct more of your philanthropy toward the United States, where your foundation could create jobs for the unemployed, or try to solve the health care crisis? A. “As a foundation, first of all, you have to focus. But we absolutely do focus on the United States. We have three large programs: global health, global development and U.S. programs. About 20 percent goes to U.S. programs.” See http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/24/magazine/24fob-q4-t.html
PS Since I wrote this earlier, I realized I had underestimated the number of crash deaths since October 2010 and a reader sent me the following article by another colossal foundation spending big money made in America and tax sheltered in America but spent elsewhere rather than on Americans here in the U.S.A.
Former mayor of NYC Bloomberg who did not have a Vision Zero Goal of crash deaths in NY city for years has “decided” to give $125 million over 5 years to improve road safety elsewhere around the world. Seehttp://www.bloomberg.org/press/releases/bloomberg-philanthropies-global-road-safety-program-inviting-select-cities-countries-compete-funding-support/ And the Bloomberg programs sound like the programs President Coolidge and Secretary Herbert Hoover advocated in the 1920s. See https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/assets/24P11.pdf It is as though fellow American Bloomberg never read Nader’s “Unsafe at Any Speed” that pointed out the need for auto safety technologies to be developed and applied. Auto safety technologies, required by law, spurred by Nader’s work in the 1960s have now been estimated to have saved more than 600,000 American lives. See http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812069.pdf
Hopefully, these fellow Americans will act more patriotically in the future and help build a safer America before spending more elsewhere all over the world.
The American people deserve better than they are getting.