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Sports vs. Breakdown

Using sports to draw young people into more wholesome and productive lives

by Ashley May, Marques Chavez, Andrea Scott, and Karl Zinsmeister

From Philanthropy magazine, Spring 2016

We profile four grassroots ventures that attack community demons with play and discipline—using sports to draw young people into more wholesome and productive lives. 

Call of the Wild

A marriage of market-based conversation and treetop acrobatics helps kids succeed in school

by Naomi Schaefer Riley

From Philanthropy magazine, Spring 2016

A marriage of market-based conversation and treetop acrobatics helps kids succeed in school. 

A Different Kind of TV Network

In search of virtuous entertainment

by Jarom McDonald

From Philanthropy magazine, Spring 2016

BYUtv and the search of virtuous entertainment. 

Higher Ed, Lower Costs

An e-learning entrepreneur brings cut-rate practical degrees to far-flung corners of the world

by Anne Snyder

From Philanthropy magazine, Fall 2015

An e-learning entrepreneur brings cut-rate practical degrees to far-flung corners of the world. 

Madisonian, and Not Going to Take It Any More!

The Hewlett Foundation wants to improve the effectiveness of our political debates

by Scott Walter

From Philanthropy magazine, Fall 2015

By the standards of the $9 billion William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, its Madison Initiative is not (yet) a large project. But Larry Kramer, president since 2012, has been aiming toward something like it for many years.

Going for Broke

How foundations sunset, and the reasons it’s becoming popular

by Joanne Florino

From Philanthropy magazine, Fall 2015

How foundations sunset, and the reasons it’s becoming popular. 

Laying Foundations for Change

Who says bricks-and-mortar philanthropy isn’t effective?

From Philanthropy magazine, Fall 2015

Who says bricks-and-mortar philanthropy isn’t effective?

Donors Who Come to the Aid of Their Country

You thought only government could do defense? Think again!

by Karl Zinsmeister

From Philanthropy magazine, Summer 2015

National defense may seem like the last place philanthropy could have a role. Here’s some little-known history to make you think again.

Labeled Disabled

A government system rates veterans as incapable, but philanthropy can change that

by Cheryl Miller

From Philanthropy magazine, Summer 2015

A government system rates veterans as incapable, but philanthropy can change that. 

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Purpose-driven organizations help veterans transition to civilian life

by Justin Torres

From Philanthropy magazine, Summer 2015

Purpose-driven organizations help veterans transition to civilian life. 

Changing of the Guard

Where are the old-line veterans’ charities headed?

by Timothy Carney

From Philanthropy magazine, Summer 2015

Where are the old-line veterans’ charities headed?

War, Peace, Philanthropy

Bringing the spirit of America to combat zones

by James Carafano

From Philanthropy magazine, Summer 2015

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.

From Big Success to Local Succor

How one donor found satisfaction in helping a unique community

by Carrie Besnette Hauser

From Philanthropy magazine, Summer 2015

How one donor found satisfaction in helping a unique community. 

Alms Alchemy

The National Christian Foundation’s ability to turn unusual contributions to gold is creating a new trove of generosity

by Liz Essley Whyte

From Philanthropy magazine, Spring 2015

The National Christian Foundation’s ability to turn unusual contributions to gold is creating a new trove of generosity.

Madison Avenue Mercies

The virtues of advertising, overhead, and other wicked ways of doing good

by Nicholas Kristof

From Philanthropy magazine, Spring 2015

The virtues of advertising, overhead, and other wicked ways of doing good.

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