Poverty, Inc.

Has this film made you think about the impact your personal philanthropy is making and the ways you have chosen to go about it? We at the Westchester Community Foundation are here to help connect your philanthropic ideas to the change you want to make in this world.

Feel free to contact Jennifer Hu Corriggio, Director of Philanthropy & Donor Relations, to share your thoughts.

Tel: 914-948-5166 ext. 4. Email: [email protected].

Resources directly related to film:

This is the official movie link providing post-screening dialogues and Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. The filmmakers also provide suggestions to other readings within the text. http://www.povertyinc.org/filmmaker-qa/

Another link to a Chronicle of Philanthropy interview with the filmmakers: https://philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofits-Get-Critical-Look/234876.

Here is more information on the work of Hernando de Soto, the Peruvian economist referenced in the film: http://www.thepowerofthepoor.com/concepts/c7.php

This is a book by the anthropologist in Haiti featured in the film: Timothy Schwartz, Travesty in Haiti: A True Account of Christian Missions, Orphanages, Fraud, Food Aid and Drug Trafficking.


The Apparent Project website, the nonprofit supporting Haitian artisans featured in the film that was started by American adoptive parents to a child in Haiti.


Other Related Resources:

Dayo Olopade, The Bright Continent.

A book by a Nigerian-American journalist advocating that the best and possibly only way to effectively address the challenges Africa faces is to harness the tools that Africans are already using to solve these problems themselves.

Mohammed Yunus, Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism That Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs.

Yunus is the practical visionary who pioneered microfinancing, and who won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his work with Grameen Bank. In this book, Yunus shows how social business can be put into practice and explains why it holds the potential to redeem the promise of free-market enterprise. You may also want to check out Yunus’ famous book: Banker to the Poor: The Story of the Grameen Bank.

David Bornstein, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas.

The book intertwines personal stories, anecdotes, and analysis to show how one person can make an astonishing difference in the world.