My boss likes to tell the story of how the cure for some disease was found not by an institution, but by a man whose sister was afflicted. He was motivated, and he acted from his heart. Could that be why cancer remains largely uncured?

Regardless, concern these days seems to involve a political statement, a program, and a perpetual throughput of funding justifying the growth of the organization as the problem festers. And so, it is with a big nonplus that I receive news of nonprofits getting grants from the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, “a federally and state-funded agency housed in the governor’s office.”