Nonprofit Spotlight: Teaching Together

Teaching Together hires adults with cognitive disabilities as Catholic-school classroom aides. 

Instant, Imaginative Aid

When the Centers for Disease Control called for emergency assistance to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen responded. But as Ebola cases have receded, Allen’s focus on the disease has not.

Interview with Carrie and John Morgridge

These enthusiastic donors believe every gift matters. 

The 99 Percent

The news in December that Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have decided to give away 99 percent of their Facebook stock by the end of their lives impressed many Americans. The couple are in excellent company.

Toy Store Glee

Carol Suchman was walking in New York City when she came upon a local toy store that had gone out of business. “The toys in there looked so sad, and they were gathering dust,” she said. “It occurred to me we should bring those toys to where they should be going.” To needy kids.

How Philanthropy Fuels American Success

This exclusive excerpt from The Almanac of American Philanthropy details how America's deep culture of private giving keeps our nation thriving. 

Just-released Winter magazine

How our $360 billion philanthropic sector gets things done…beneath the surface, with no one in charge! 

A Modern Barnraising in Boiling Springs

A South Carolina high-school community was determined to "give a home" to faithful, "always been there" custodian of 20 years after her home burned to the ground. 

The Art of Public-Policy Philanthropy: The Battle of Ideas

Featuring Kim Dennis, Gara LaMarche, Roger Hertog, and Chris DeMuth. 

Almanac of American Philanthropy video preview

We know that philanthropy in America is a bursting, bubbling impulse that has vital effects on almost every sector of our society. In this lively talk, widely published author Karl Zinsmeister goes even further, arguing that without philanthropy there would be no America as we know it—and explaining why.

Big School Plans in the Big Apple

Three time zones and a charter-school universe away, in New York, Success Academy co-founder Eva Moskowitz recently announced plans to operate as many as 100 campuses within the next decade.

The Texas Miracle wasn’t just economic; it was philanthropic

Texas stereotypes may conjure up plains and cattle but, as in the rest of the country, most of Texas’s population and wealth resides in the cities. And those cities have recently become some of the most philanthropic places on earth.

Wreathed in Glory

Wreaths Across America lays memorial wreaths at 1,000 locations in the U.S. and overseas, including Pearl Harbor ­Memorial, Bunker Hill, Valley Forge, and the World Trade Center Memorial, to honor and remember the fallen who protected the country. 

Books in Brief

Do you think the suffering of human beings is more important than the suffering of other animals? Do you think it’s valuable to know the people who run a charity you support? In his new book, controversial bioethics professor Peter Singer argues that these views and behaviors are mistaken.

A Call for Nominations

The Philanthropy Roundtable is now seeking nominations for the 2016 William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership. 

Nonprofit Spotlight: Food For Life

Students learn good habits plus culinary skills at Food For Life. 

Proposed Regulation Threatens Donor Privacy

The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service published proposed regulations that would permit charities to file a new information return with the IRS. But the new return would require the charity to collect the donor’s name, address, and Social Security number or other taxpayer identification number.

Going for Broke

How foundations sunset, and the reasons it’s becoming popular. 

25 Ways to Strengthen America

From investing in think tanks to enabling veterans to apply their leadership, here are 25 ways that funders can strengthen our free society through their charitable giving.

Laying Foundations for Change

Who says bricks-and-mortar philanthropy isn’t effective?

The Catholic School Revival

In this Wall Street Journal essay, Karl Zinsmeister discusses how religious education is borrowing lessons—and leaders—from successful charters.

New guidebook on Catholic schooling

Something that seemed improbable, if not impossible, a few years ago is now becoming a real prospect: Inner-city Catholic schooling is poised for a renaissance. Our brand-new guidebook describes how savvy givers can take part in this exciting revival of educational opportunity for poor children.

Interview with Bruce Kovner

Trading titan Bruce Kovner has focused his philanthropy on free-market think tanks, arts (especially music organizations), and school-reform advocacy. 

Charity Science Research 2, Death 0

Johns Hopkins ­University scientist Jonathan Ling wanted to set the record straight. He wanted to know whether the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which raised $115 million for disease research in six weeks back in 2014 (and then tens of millions more in repeat donations since), actually accomplished anything.

Higher Ed, Lower Costs

An e-learning entrepreneur brings cut-rate practical degrees to far-flung corners of the world. 

Asking Tough Questions

The William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership honors David Weekley: homebuilder, charity-grower, and hard-nosed inquisitor

Something Out of Nothing

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. And invention is the father of philanthropy, because it creates the wealth that enables great generosity. Now a dazzling new book uncovers philanthropy’s grandparentage.

Racing Against Cancer

Jockey Victor Espinoza netted about $80,000 when his mount American Pharoah swept the ­Triple Crown of horseracing this year. But Espinoza handed his historic winnings, in their entirety, away to charity. 

From Big Success to Local Succor

How one donor found satisfaction in helping a unique community. 

Donor Privacy is the Focus of Supreme Court Appeal

In early September, The Philanthropy Roundtable filed an amicus brief encouraging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower-court judgment that would strip donor-privacy protections from charitable donations in the state of California.

The Other One Percent

In For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and Washington Post associate editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran argue that it is imperative for U.S. citizens to become more engaged with our troops.

Donor Intent Rescued in CT

When Shelby Cullom Davis gave $750,000 to Connecticut’s Trinity College in 1976 to endow a chair to teach private enterprise and entrepreneurship, he specified that there would be “no exceptions whatsoever” in the use of the money. 

Interview with Eric Greitens

A scholar and Navy SEAL shares his secrets for reintegrating vets at home.

Rosenwald in 10 Minutes

Julius Rosenwald has been called the greatest philanthropist you’ve never heard of. With a major documentary film about his life now in theaters, it’s time you learned more. Here’s a vivid short profile.

Nonprofit Spotlight: Birch Community Services

Birch Community Services gives away food and asks for life-change in return. 

Uber-flexible Philanthropy

The constantly evolving flexibility and power of philanthropy is illustrated by a little promotion the app-based car service Uber ran this spring in partnership with Goodwill Industries.

Mapping a Disaster

One of the aid organizations that leapt to respond to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal in April was Team Rubicon, which provides work groups of ex-military volunteers after disasters of any kind.

Changing of the Guard

Where are the old-line veterans’ charities headed?

Interview with Donald Rumsfeld

Our oldest and youngest Secretary of Defense is also a philanthropist. 

Why Work Is the Best Charity for the Poor

What if we’re looking in the wrong place for cures to poverty? If we search out what it is that banishes need and fills wants for most people, the answer is obvious: work. Poverty is one part economics, one part psychology—work helps both. 

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Purpose-driven organizations help veterans transition to civilian life. 

Books in Brief

The Paradox of Generosity presents data showing that givers are kinder to their neighbors, find themselves in better health, report having a strong life purpose, and generally describe themselves as “very happy.”

War, Peace, Philanthropy

Following U.S. forces and State Department officers into some of the toughest areas of the world, Spirit of America delivers private assistance intended to complement their work and advance U.S. interests.

Labeled Disabled

A government system rates veterans as incapable, but philanthropy can change that. 

Donors Who Come to the Aid of Their Country

National defense may seem like the last place philanthropy could have a role. Here’s some little-known history to make you think again.

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