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Donor Intent

Going for Broke

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

Donor Intent Rescued in CT

When Shelby Cullom Davis gave $750,000 to Connecticut’s Trinity College in 1976 to endow a chair to teach private enterprise and entrepreneurship, he specified that there would be “no exceptions whatsoever” in...

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.

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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.

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.


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