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Philanthropy does not shut down

by Adam Meyerson

From Philanthropy magazine, Winter 2014

Even in a time of great national conflict and political divide, there is a constant: Philanthropy does not shut down. The amazing generosity of the American people is not paralyzed. 

A Leading Role for Philanthropy

by Adam Meyerson

Philanthropic freedom is essential to a free society. In his opening remarks to the 22nd Annual Meeting, Philanthropy Roundtable president Adam Meyerson highlighted the unique role of private giving in American culture. 

President’s Note

Misconceptions about "Dark Money"

by Adam Meyerson

From Philanthropy magazine, Fall 2013

The Philanthropy Roundtable President Adam Meyerson illuminates misconceptions about "dark money."

Be On the Look Out

The Philanthropy Roundtable’s action list on the IRS scandal.

by Adam Meyerson

From Philanthropy magazine, Summer 2013

Adam Meyerson defends philanthropic freedom against encroachments from the IRS.

President’s Note

Breakthroughs in K–12 Education

by Adam Meyerson

From Philanthropy magazine, Spring 2013

One of the greatest achievements of American philanthropy in the early 21st century has been to establish the groundwork for dramatic improvements in K–12 education. Charitable giving...

Two Extraordinary Resources

Two new websites offer extraordinary inspiration and guidance to philanthropists

by Adam Meyerson

From Philanthropy magazine, Winter 2013

Two new websites offer extraordinary inspiration and guidance to philanthropists who seek to achieve breakthrough solutions for society’s greatest challenges. The Philanthropy Hall of...

Celebrating the American Spirit of Giving

by Adam Meyerson

Charitable giving is central to American society. In his opening remarks to the 21st Annual Meeting, Philanthropy Roundtable president Adam Meyerson reflected on the rich history of the American spirit of giving and outlined how charitable giving can continue to enrich our free society for future generations.

Philanthropy’s 3 Percent Solution

President’s note

by Adam Meyerson

From Philanthropy magazine, Fall 2012

Adam Meyerson looks at the American tradition of philanthropy, and considers ways a national increase in charitable giving can continue to further strengthen our free society.

The Case Against Mandatory Counting

by Adam Meyerson

From Philanthropy magazine, Summer 2012

Philanthropy Roundtable president Adam Meyerson makes the case against any effort to require or put political pressure on foundations and other donors to track their philanthropy by race, ethnicity, gender, and other demographic categories.

The Philanthropy behind James Q. Wilson

by Adam Meyerson

From Philanthropy magazine, Spring 2012

One of the most effective philanthropic strategies for supporting higher education is to provide funding to outstanding scholars, their students, and their research initiatives. Consider...

When Philanthropy Goes Wrong

In this special Wall Street Journal essay, Adam Meyerson discusses the importance of protecting donor intent.

by Adam Meyerson

In this Wall Street Journal essay, Adam Meyerson warns donors against the risk that their gifts will be redirected into purposes they did not intend and offers advice on how to prevent violations of charitable intent.

Why Donors Must Protect Their Philanthropic Principles

Foreword to Protecting Donor Intent

by Adam Meyerson

Adam Meyerson highlights the need for “Protecting Donor Intent” by discussing examples of grantmaking institutions which have strayed from the principles of their initial donors. With its latest guidebook, The Philanthropy Roundtable hopes to help philanthropists think through the best strategies for carrying out their charitable purposes and core values.

America Is Built on Giving

Philanthropic freedom is an indispensable part of political freedom

by Adam Meyerson

Philanthropic freedom is an indispensable part of political freedom. This is extracted and adapted from “The Generosity of America,” a speech by Roundtable president Adam Meyerson to Hillsdale College.

Protecting the Charitable Deduction

by Adam Meyerson

From Philanthropy magazine, Fall 2011

The Philanthropy Roundtable and our legislative arm, the Alliance for Charitable Reform, are honored to be active members of a coalition that has come together to protect the charitable deduction. Adam Meyerson discusses this extraordinary coalition and outlines the importance of protecting the charitable deduction from proposals by political leaders that would diminish charitable giving.

The Progressive Crackup

A liberal Democrat’s break with party orthodoxy

by Adam Meyerson

From Philanthropy magazine, November / December 1998

John Brandl is a serious liberal honestly confronting the question of why so many government programs do not work. For twelve years he was a Democratic legislator in Minnesota. He was...

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