Articles about
Donor Intent

Interview with Christopher Oechsli

The president of Atlantic Philanthropies reflects on Chuck Feeney’s legendary generosity, and how to recover donor intent.

Four Brothers and the Apocalypse

A biography of the Koch family offers a fascinating window into their life and philanthropy.

Benefits of a Gift Gone Wrong

Princeton’s failure led the Robertsons’ son Bill and his siblings to make an even greater gift—to the whole country.

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Ideas: Community Foundations at 100

Community foundations were meant to be, as one observer later put it, “an agile servant.”

Philanthropy and the Press

The Newseum, an emblem of journalism threatened by financial travails.

Giving It All

Alan Barnhart and his brother Eric owned a $250 million company. Owned. Past tense. Because they gave it away.

100 Years of Experts Armed with Money…

...sure didn’t do much for Cleveland. Community foundations at a milestone.

An Ugly Parks Plan

If New York’s mayor gets his way, the Big Apple will undo one of the best philanthropic experiments of the past three decades.

Creating a Mission Statement to Preserve a Philanthropic Vision

With a clear mission statement, a foundation can enact its vision and preserve the intent of its founding philanthropist.

Every Cause Is Not Alike

A legal battle with a New Jersey animal shelter proves to be a win for donor intent.


The Almanac
of American

A compendium of the Great Donors, Great Achievements, Great Ideas, and Latest Facts on private giving in the U.S.