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Karl Zinsmeister examines the rollicking past and vital future of private giving.

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.

America’s Vital Impulse

Karl Zinsmeister discusses philanthropy's significance to American civic life

In this Bradley Lecture, Karl Zinsmeister discusses the history of private philanthropy and its significance to American civic life. 

Charter School Performance Breakout

The oft-heard claim that charters perform no better than conventional schools is out of date and inaccurate

by Karl Zinsmeister

"The oft-heard claim that charters perform no better than conventional schools is out of date and inaccurate." In this recent Wall Street Journal article, Karl Zinsmeister explains why today's philanthropy-driven charter school boom may be one of the most important movements of our age. 

A Road Trip Across Philanthropic America

New England

Saving the winged cheetah. A bubbling introduction to business. The grandaddy of charity marathons. For these tales and much more, ride along on Philanthropy’s transcontinental tour of local giving in all 50 United States.

DoNation

Which Americans give most to charity?

by Karl Zinsmeister

From Philanthropy magazine, Summer 2013

Karl Zinsmeister breaks down the data on which Americans give most to charity, and why.

A Road Trip Across Philanthropic America

Pacific

Saving the winged cheetah. A bubbling introduction to business. The grandaddy of charity marathons. For these tales and much more, ride along on Philanthropy’s transcontinental tour of local giving in all 50 United States.

Unto the Nations

Is the focus of American evangelicals shifting overseas?

by Karl Zinsmeister

From Philanthropy magazine, Winter 2012

Despite the economic downturn, charity and mission work is thriving in the developing world thanks to committed givers. In the Winter 2012 issue of Philanthropy magazine, Karl Zinsmeister looks at how evangelicals are focusing their time, treasure, and talent overseas. What does this renewed focus on international missions mean for the world? And for America?

Social Justice Relies on Private Action

The powerful role of privately funded civil society in protecting individuals

by Karl Zinsmeister

In this RealClearPolitics article, Karl Zinsmeister emphasizes the role of philanthropy in the civil-rights movement, and the powerful role of privately funded civil society in protecting individuals. 

Spartan Donors

What’s to be gained from private giving to Uncle Sam’s military academies?

by Karl Zinsmeister

From Philanthropy magazine, Spring 2012

Great military leaders. That’s not the only thing that donors to West Point, Annapolis, and Colorado Springs get for their money. Karl Zinsmeister asks philanthropists what they hope to encourage by sending private support to these public institutions.

The Catholic School Revival

Religious education is borrowing lessons—and leaders—from successful charters

by Karl Zinsmeister

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

A Road Trip Across Philanthropic America

Southeast

Saving the winged cheetah. A bubbling introduction to business. The grandaddy of charity marathons. For these tales and much more, ride along on Philanthropy’s transcontinental tour of local giving in all 50 United States.

A Road Trip Across Philanthropic America

Southwest

Saving the winged cheetah. A bubbling introduction to business. The grandaddy of charity marathons. For these tales and much more, ride along on Philanthropy’s transcontinental tour of local giving in all 50 United States.

A Road Trip Across Philanthropic America

Mid-Atlantic

Saving the winged cheetah. A bubbling introduction to business. The grandaddy of charity marathons. For these tales and much more, ride along on Philanthropy’s transcontinental tour of local giving in all 50 United States.

From Promising to Proven

The charter school boom ahead

by Karl Zinsmeister

From Philanthropy magazine, Spring 2014

The charter school boom ahead. 

1991 Fort Worth Zoo

When the Fort Worth Zoo was owned and operated by the city, money was scarce, facilities were outdated, and attendance was dropping. In 1991, the middling public facility was almost forced...

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