Philanthropic Achievement of the Week
2011—Avoiding Meltdowns of Public Pensions
Our weekly quotation on giving—drawn from the forthcoming Almanac of American Philanthropy
Combining work, school, and play with sports-stadium jobs that earn college tuition
Major Achievements in Local Philanthropy
In our latest Almanac of American Philanthropy list we examine major achievements in local philanthropy
Donors are increasingly using expert intermediaries to bundle and target their giving
The National Christian Foundation’s ability to turn unusual contributions to gold is creating a new trove of generosity
Alternatives to ‘College for All’
The skyrocketing cost of higher education, coupled with a tough job market for young people, have some questioning the prevailing “college for all” perspective. Is a four-year college degree really the best fit for every young person?
Combining work, school, and play with sports-stadium jobs that earn college tuition.
Major Achievements in Local Philanthropy
Every one of our hometowns is made better by neighborly giving. In our latest Almanac of American Philanthropy list we examine major achievements in local philanthropy.
Donors are increasingly using expert intermediaries to bundle and target their giving.
In the Summer issue of Philanthropy magazine, Joanne Florino, The Philanthropy Roundtable's senior vice president for public policy, explains why a new federal bureau for investigating charity is a terrible idea.
The National Christian Foundation’s ability to turn unusual contributions to gold is creating a new trove of generosity.
Micro Lending, Major Impact
How the maker of SweetTARTS is combining friendship and capital in one tangy dose.
More Than Just Academics
Some might view the decline of Catholic schools as a Catholic problem. In reality it is an urban education problem that should concern everyone. Catholic schools have power and potential beyond book learning.
Giving Made Easy
Donor-advised funds are bringing new convenience to philanthropy.
A New Way to Serve
Venture for America is bringing entrepreneurial vim and vigor to unexpected corners of our country.
One dramatic change in the landscape of charitable giving during the past decade has been an entrepreneurial explosion of philanthropic services. Donors today have more choices, more information, and more analytical tools for making philanthropic decisions.
Stepping into a Breach
Hundreds of migrants attempting to enter Europe have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when the inflatable dinghies they were packed into by unscrupulous smugglers sunk in storms. Sadly, this happens all the time.
Major Achievements in Religious Philanthropy
Our newest list of philanthropic milestones covers religiously motivated giving.
Madison Avenue Mercies
The virtues of advertising, overhead, and other wicked ways of doing good.
Business Marries Charity
The hopes and hazards of bringing market mechanisms to philanthropy.
Announcing the 2015 William E. Simon Prize winner
David Weekley has been selected as the winner of the 2015 William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.
Our Spring issue offers a taste of new flavors in philanthropy: modern marketing, grant bundling at intermediaries, character-based micro lending, public-policy change, complex asset conversion, donor-advised funds, social investments, and more.
The Slow Boat to Utopia
Ten years in, the ballyhooed Millennium Villages Project is mostly a bust. In Nina Munk’s book The Idealist, Columbia University economist and celebrity academic Jeffrey Sachs, who made a splash with his plan to engineer the end of poverty as we know it, is an ambivalent figure.
Horizon Communities in Prisons
Inmates change their lives with great works of literature.
A new exhibit at Alice Walton's Crystal Bridges Museum showcases the full range of American artistry.
Save the Pawns
Morally neutral approaches to poverty do not exist,” William Easterly writes in his latest book, The Tyranny of Experts. “Any approach to development will either respect the rights of the poor or it will violate them.” Too many aid agencies treat people in developing countries like chess pieces.
Port in a Storm
When a disaster hits, Americans are eager to open their wallets to help. Yet donors often have no clear idea of what happens to their contributions or whether they are used in the best ways possible.
Agenda Setting: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Influencing Public Policy
Our recent guidebook helps donors navigate the public-policy arena, drawing on the best practitioners of public-policy philanthropy in America today.
Interview with Steve Green
The Hobby Lobby president describes his forthcoming Museum of the Bible.
The Dinosaur Discoverer
How a misfit revolutionized paleontology—with a big boost from philanthropy.
A Tribute to Life
With major support from Tad Taube, the Polin Museum honors a millennium of Jewish history.
Words from a Leading Culture Philanthropist
A Q&A with museum donor Shelby White.
Since 2012, Germany has made giving to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s, a legal mandate. A new twist to the law has banks actively investigating the religious affiliations of their customers in order to levy the corresponding tax on their accounts.
Major Achievements in Public-Policy Reform
Donating money to modify public thinking and government policy has now taken its place next to service-centered giving as a constructive branch of philanthropy. In this Almanac of American Philanthropy list we examine major achievements in shaping public policy.
Laying Away Treasure
Many Americans were charmed when, a couple weeks before Christmas, an anonymous lady walked into a Toys R Us store in Bellingham, Massachusetts, and paid off the remaining layaway balances of 150 families.
Patriots and Papers
Philanthropists fulfill George Washington's dying wish and build a Presidential library at his Mount Vernon home.
Restoring the American Dream in 2015—For over three centuries, America has provided more opportunity to more people than any other country in the history of the world. That great tradition is now in danger.
Philanthropy’s Dangerous Rival
The clamor for limitless government threatens every private initiative.
The Power of Ownership
Fighting poverty from the ground up.
Philanthropy Winter magazine
Museum donors bring alive math, baseball, George Washington, tenements, the Bible, music, Jewish life, heartland art, and more.
Museums Across America
A creative cornucopia of galleries from math to space to baseball is brought to the public by the generosity of donors.
Monks in the Inner City
Most of Newark, New Jersey, students never even finish high school. But St. Benedict’s Prep, a 146-year-old school serving 550 low-income minority boys, boasts a nearly 100 percent college acceptance rate. And it’s run by monks.
College Endowment Disparities
A recent study by the Sutton Trust reveals that university endowments in the U.K. badly lag U.S. counterparts, and that the fundraising gap is widening. Harvard’s endowment alone is more than the total of all U.K. universities combined.
Interview with Christopher Oechsli
The president of Atlantic Philanthropies reflects on Chuck Feeney's legendary generosity, the value of bricks-and-mortar giving, and how to recover donor intent.
An anonymous animal lover donated $800,000 to Zoo Miami during his lifetime. "Two of the dearest" philanthropists in south Florida, once anonymous, now have their story told.
Q & A with a Mad Woman
An interview with advertiser extraordinaire turned philanthropic organizer Myra Daniels.
Mutual Aid for Christians in Iraq
Iraq's second largest city is home to many minorities, including hundreds of thousands of Assyrian Christians. About 200,000 Assyrians have now fled their homes. Amidst crisis in Mosul, a small mutual-aid group is offering lifesaving help.
Four Brothers and the Apocalypse
Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty—a surprising biography of the Koch family that offers a fascinating window into their life and philanthropy.
No Good Donation Goes Un-Sniped At
The Philanthropy Roundtable's Joanne Florino responds to a New York Times opinion essay worrying over the private philanthropy behind New York's planned Pier 55 park.
The Center for Urban Families
The Center for Urban Families is helping fathers step up.
Interview with Howard Dahl
The founder of Amity Technology discusses his giving to rehabilitate the former Soviet Union and assesses Ukraine.
Don’t Surrender the Academy
To the chagrin of reformers, the way that it stands 'blowing up' our existing schools of education is just not a viable option: The case for donors to get involved with schools of education.
Beyond the Uniform
In this video, veterans Jake Wood of Team Rubicon and Eric Greitens of The Mission Continues share their experiences with the military and their goals for veterans philanthropy.
The Tangelo Park Model for Transforming a Troubled Neighborhood
A Q&A with Florida hotelier and philanthropist Harris Rosen.
Suing for Reform
An education donor went to court; will other givers and other causes follow?