Excellence in Philanthropy

Mutual Aid for Christians in Iraq

Iraq's second largest city is home to many minorities, including hundreds of thousands of Assyrian Christians. About 200,000 Assyrians have now fled their homes. Amidst crisis in Mosul, a small mutual-aid group is offering lifesaving help.

Interview with Howard Dahl

The founder of Amity Technology discusses his giving to rehabilitate the former Soviet Union and assesses Ukraine.

Champion Givers

A 15-year update on the winners of the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership. 

Beethoven in the Barrio

The Youth Orchestra of the Americas is bringing symphonic beauty to new audience, thanks to Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg

Drug Donors

While some philanthropists fought for decades to legalize marijuana, others are gearing up to address the undesirable consequences. 

Nature Philanthropy, Part 4

The final piece of our Nature Philanthropy journey discovers urban respites and natural waters.

Chopping Textbook Costs

College textbooks are notoriously expensive, but a two-year-old nonprofit is hoping to change that. OpenStax College's goal is to offer texts for the nation’s 25 most-attended college courses—for free. 

Eyes on Ospreys

Twenty years ago, D.C.'s Anacostia River had few fish and no ospreys—the big, yellow-eyed fishing birds that often thrill waterside observers. But thanks to local D.C. philanthropy the ospreys are returning to the area, and we're learning more about them. 

Nonprofit Spotlight: Living Lands & Waters

An award-winning nonprofit leader is hauling junk out of our grimiest rivers.

Gas Heat

A small foundation uses focused academic, media, and activist grants to redirect a policy debate.

Philanthropy’s Toehold in China

Though China is home to an estimated 358 billionaires, exactly none have signed the Giving Pledge. But views on charity in China may be evolving.

Nature Philanthropy

When you think of parks, whether Yosemite or your corner playground, you probably think of them as quintessentially public institutions—as the Ken Burns documentary puts it, “America’s best idea.” And while parks are indeed public institutions, a great many owe their existence, growth, and endurance to the generosity of creative donors.

Interview with Terry and Mary Kohler

The donor couple discusses rescuing cranes and swans, counseling couples, painting Wisconsin red, and more.

New Balance

Training the next generation of conservative journalists. 

Interview with Gerry Lenfest

Gerry Lenfest reflects on $1.2 billion of personal giving. 

Faithful Giving

The latest social science has good news for philanthropists: Giving profits the giver as well as the receiver. This win-win verdict is actually nothing new. It is a central tenet of the three Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—as a new book by Gary Anderson makes clear.

Investigative Philanthropy?

Local news and research journalism as charity causes. 

Alignment of the Stars

Celebrity philanthropy, even if well-meaning, can be rich with pratfalls and posturing. Brad Pitt and Scarlett Johansson are just two illustrations of the classic aphorism that good intentions aren’t enough to solve problems.

Profit and the Free Press

An ink-stained veteran doubts that philanthropy can solve today's crisis in journalism.  

Walk the Line

Rail trails are generating public enthusiasm as rural paths, as creators of green space in tight urban quarters, as ways of boosting health and wellness, as canvases for appealing landscape design and outdoor art, as connectors of communities, and as spurs to city redevelopment.

Cycle of Hope

When filmmakers came to Texas health care executive Jon Halbert to pitch a documentary about an unlikely cycling team in genocide-riven Rwanda, he and his wife Linda were hooked.


The Almanac
of American

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