Thursday, September 02, 2010
The Importance of Reflective Philanthropy: Lessons for donors interested in innovation � High Impact Philanthropy
The Importance of Reflective Philanthropy: Lessons for donors interested in innovation � High Impact Philanthropy: "As part of our�Youth Perspectives in Philanthropy series, JYPI201 teen funder�Eric Miller discussed his passion for an organization called PlayPumps International which sought to overcome the ubiquitous fresh-water shortage problem faced by many African communities. The solution involved pumping water from currently inaccessible underground reservoirs, the highlight being that the pump would be powered by a roundabout, so that when children played with it, clean water would be pumped into a water storage tank. As Eric noted, “I fell in love with PlayPumps because the idea was so basic, so simple, and so helpful.” It was a simple “fun” technological solution to an important problem—lack of clean water."