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Donor Intent

Clawing Back Donor Intent After It Has Been Lost

Some cautionary examples from the experience of the Daniels Fund—a foundation that managed to reclaim its donor’s intent.

Port in a Storm

When a disaster hits, Americans are eager to open their wallets to help.

Interview with Christopher Oechsli

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

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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.”

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.


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