Table Topic questions are meant to stimulate family and classroom discussion.
Use the questions below after reading,"All for a good cause"
- The Pacific Northwest has a new generation of high-profile benefactors. Due to their largess, the Paramount Theater has been restored, the Seahawks have been at least temporarily rescued and the UW and WSU have received generous endowments. If you were a millionaire, how would you share your wealth with the community? What would be your highest priority: social services for the poor, education or thriving arts and culture? Are your priorities and criteria different when you have only a limited amount to give?
- Seattle's homeless population is estimated at 2,000-5,000 people. Why are so many people living on the streets today? Is it the government's responsibility to provide a minimum standard of living for its citizens? Should the community help the homeless get beyond this minimum standard?
- There has been controversy in recent years over government funding of the arts. Should arts funding be subject to certain standards or criteria? Should or could the arts survive without government assistance?
- The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy is still going strong after nearly 50 years. Look through the paper today for other evidence of charitable fundraising and other kinds of philanthropy. Are you more likely to give during the holiday season? What role does the The Times and other newspapers play in the success of fundraising campaigns for both social services and the arts? What other ways is giving promoted in our community?
- Seattle and the Pacific Northwest have a good reputation nationally for
innovative social programs, volunteerism and generous giving to campaigns like United Way.
What pressing social or cultural needs in our community remain to be addressed? What do you
choose to contribute to and how can you make our community a better place for all?
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