CNN aired the outcome on an investigation last month into the fundraising practices of a Catholic-run boarding school in South Dakota. The report claims that the school used fictional students and stories to elicit sympathy from potential donors. Using images and stories of poverty for financial profit is sometimes called “poverty porn” because of the exploitative nature of the message. How do you feel about images of Native Americans being used raise money for charities? How can charities share stories of struggle without exploiting the people they aim to help?
Michael Roberts (Tlingit), president of First Nations Development Institute.
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