Articles about
Donor Intent

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.

Reflections of a Rockefeller

Industrial titan John Rockefeller is an American icon for wealth, fame, and power. His great-granddaughter Eileen currently lives a modest life on a Vermont farm. How she reconciled these two existences is the...

Ideas: Community Foundations at 100

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

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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.

Haiyan Relief

We asked some wise Roundtable members and friends for suggestions on the best ways concerned Americans might lend a hand. 

Briefly Noted

Ethics from Singer. Giving tips from Buffett. Billions from Christians. Careers for the homeless.


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