Philanthropy — Winter 2014

Briefly Noted

Giving for the religious. A Black Friday for donors. A Grinch-like plan for parks. The cost of a tax change. Medical marvels.

Nonprofit Spotlight: Volunteers in Medicine

Volunteers in Medicine is recruiting retired doctors to help the poor

By Caitrin Nicol Keiper

Interview with Howard Buffett

In a Q&A, Howard Graham Buffett shows his many hats and his effort to take on hunger.

Philanthropy Keeps the Lights on in Detroit

How philanthropists are tearing down problems, building solutions, and stopping bad guys in the Motor City

By Liz Essley Whyte

Solving the $2 Trillion Problem

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation mixes research and politics to help solve today's public-pension crisis

By Zachary Janowski

Making Forever Families

Churches and donors lift thousands of children out of the foster-care bureaucracy

By Naomi Schaefer Riley


How Pete Peterson's donations are helping Washington find budget balance

By Megan McArdle

Healthy at Home

Keeping older Americans independent with timely acts of charity

By Andrea Scott

Donating a Motive to Strive

Oil money pipeline funnels kids to college

By Carrie Besnette Hauser

Anybody Interested in Nation-changing Philanthropy?

Help veterans with disabilities stand on their own

By Thomas Meyer

A Man Out of Time

Ted Turner now leads a quieter life, but his philanthropic quirks remain fascinating

By Tom Riley

The Tough Road to Excellence

What educators abroad have to teach American reformers

By Dustin Petzold

President’s Note

Philanthropy does not shut down

By Adam Meyerson