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.

New issue of Philanthropy magazine

You thought only government could do defense and help veterans? Think again!

Clearing Obstacles to Work

Cracks are becoming visible in American work habits. This worsens poverty and economic mobility. Any sensible effort to improve American prosperity today must begin by bolstering work.

Major Achievements in Overseas Philanthropy

For more than two centuries, Americans have sought to be helpful to fellow human beings beyond their own borders. Our newest Almanac of American Philanthropy list explores U.S. giving overseas.

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?

Juma Ventures

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 recent Almanac of American Philanthropy list we examine major achievements in local philanthropy. 

Stronger Together

Donors are increasingly using expert intermediaries to bundle and target their giving.

Policing Philanthropy?

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. 

Alms Alchemy

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.

President’s Note

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. 

Spring magazine

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. 

Heartland Art

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. 

Church Tax

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.

President’s Note

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. 

Personal Giving

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 Dynastya surprising biography of the Koch family that offers a fascinating window into their life and philanthropy. 


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