Economic Opportunity

Real Opportunities for Veterans

Disabled soldiers deserve better than a handout.  

How to Alleviate Poverty While Respecting Liberty

The Economic Opportunity initiative of The Philanthropy Roundtable held a February 2014 conference on the natural overlaps between philanthropic giving to aid the poor and giving that encourages free markets and economic decentralism. 

Economia!

How Pete Peterson's donations are helping Washington find budget balance.  

Caring through Community

In this Q&A, The Philanthropy Roundtable asks psychiatric nurse and donor Marlene Mieske about her enthusiastic support of Fountain House, an organization in New York City dedicated to men and women with mental illness.

War on Poverty

The Philanthropy Roundtable's director of economic opportunity, Jo Kwong, weighs in on Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty initiative.  

Work as Priority

In a Q&A, trustee Donn Weinberg describes why work takes priority in the Weinberg Foundation's anti-poverty efforts.

When They Want to Start Over

In a Q&A, the founder of the Life Learning Center shares his vision of transforming the lives of those who hit bottom.

Robin Hood Rules

A new book lays out the details of the data-driven philanthropy of the Robin Hood Foundation.

Don’t Disable Wounded Veterans With Money

Philanthropists who want to help must consider long-term incentives and put self-reliance at the heart of their giving, explains LTC Daniel Gade.

From Homeless to Employed

The entrepreneurial founder of one of the country’s most effective anti-poverty programs, The Cara Program, answers questions about how the change from lost soul to independent worker takes place.

New Help for Funding Veterans

The Philanthropy Roundtable recently hosted a major conference on how donors can best fund veterans and military families.

9 Ways to Support Entrepreneurship

At a Kansas City conference sponsored jointly by the Roundtable and the leading U.S. foundation on philanthropy that encourages business creation, practitioners described how to make America more enterprising.

What Veterans Really Need

Lieutenant Colonel Dan Gade explains why veterans—even severely injured ones like himself—may need a different treatment than you think.

About the Economic Opportunity Initiative

The Economic Opportunity initiative focuses on philanthropic strategies that advance entrepreneurship and economic growth; economic independence through work and asset ownership; and personal responsibility and life skills. Read more about the program here.

The Philanthropy Roundtable Goes to Prison

Check out the highlights from the Charting a Path from Criminality to Opportunity event in Houston, February 2013, where donors and nonprofit leaders shared innovative solutions to the growing problem of incarceration and recidivism.

Questions on “Economic Opportunity” Philanthropy

What exactly is “economic opportunity”? The Philanthropy Roundtable is asking some committed donors. Our first respondent, Jeanne Bistranin of the Adolph Coors Foundation, zeroes in on one important question: What counts as self-sufficiency?

The Little Red Book: Economic Mobility as Mindset

The Pathways to Economic Mobility conference, sponsored by The Philanthropy Roundtable and co-hosted by Philanthropy New York and Legacy Venture, provided a forum for donors, experts, and practitioners to share stories and strategies on how to revitalize economic opportunity for low-income families in the United States—not just to provide more jobs; but to grant wider access to the American dream.

A Welfare System That Works

Welfare, it is sometimes said, can only be effectively administered by the government. Not so fast. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints runs a vast and effective social welfare system. Read Naomi Schaefer Riley’s article on a how private individuals can administer a large-scale welfare system—that works.

Interview with Andrew Grove

Andrew Grove is angry with philanthropy, and he thinks other donors should be angrier too. The former CEO of Intel uses his anger to fuel his giving, and he recently spoke with ‘Philanthropy’ about his work in vocational education, American philanthropy—and other things that make him angry.

A Model of Self-Reliance

The Philanthropy Roundtable finished our year-long celebration of economic opportunity landmarks at Salt Lake City’s Welfare Square. You can read more about this inspiring event as featured in the Deseret News. Read their special report here.

Building Men

For donors interested in supporting nonprofit technical education, the Roundtable’s 2012 Annual Meeting will feature a panel exploring three models for post-secondary career training. One is the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, a tuition-free trade school for under-privileged young men that has been teaching craftsmanship and character for over a century. Read all about Williamson in the Spring 2011 issue of Philanthropy.

A Stimulus That Works

In 2009, some of the nation’s top entrepreneurs, experts on entrepreneurship, and donors gathered at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, to explore how philanthropists can advance entrepreneurship as a central growth engine of our economy. Read the special report from this Roundtable meeting here.

Sweet Taste of Success

Michael Holthouse is on a mission to revitalize America—one lemonade stand at a time. Lemonade Day is Holthouse’s innovative program that teaches kids the nuts and bolts of entrepreneurial startups—all while having a great time.

Positive Coaching Alliance Event Highlights

The Positive Coaching Alliance event brought attendees courtside for the Amateur Athletic Union’s national youth basketball championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. Read more about this meeting which inspired attendees to think of new ways to foster character education among today’s youth.

Interview with Ken Behring

Real estate developer Ken Behring talks to ‘Philanthropy’ about some of his signature achievements in global health—including the creation of a world-class water purification system.

Lemonade Day 2011

The Economic Opportunity Road Tour made its first stop at Lemonade Day in Houston where we visited lemonade stands around the city. Donors from across the country got a first-hand look at this unique model for training young entrepreneurs as supporters shared strategies for bringing this program to more communities nationwide.

Year Up in Boston

Our Economic Opportunity Road Tour made its second stop in Boston to visit Year Up, a year-long training program that helps low-income, urban young adults get the skills they need to land jobs in today’s economy.

Fisher House: All about Family

Ken and Tammy Fisher lead the Fisher House Foundation, one of the most innovative philanthropies dedicated to helping hospitalized servicemen and veterans and their families. The Fishers spoke with Philanthropy magazine about their commitment to family and their work building Fisher Houses, which provide free lodging and transportation for military and veterans’ families while their loved ones recuperate at military and veterans’ hospitals nationwide.

Interview with David Weekley

David Weekley, founder of the nation’s largest privately held homebuilding company, spoke with ‘Philanthropy’ about his charitable giving, his guiding principles for evaluating charities, his support for character education programs, his funding of microfinance initiatives in the developing world, and his advice for new donors.

Taking It to the Streets

From coast to coast, gang crime ravages inner cities, destroys families, and causes whole neighborhoods to cower in fear. In an age in which government is the go-to for everything from health care to transportation, coming up with a solution to the problem of gang violence seems like an obvious government responsibility. Fortunately, a growing cohort of social entrepreneurs knows better. See what they’re doing to reclaim America’s inner cities.

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