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The Supreme Court’s Chance to Rule for Donor Privacy

Mar 03, 2021 Elizabeth McGuigan

With so much at stake for nonprofit organizations and their donors, The Philanthropy Roundtable supports the call for the Supreme Court to overturn the Ninth Circuit Court’s Ruling in favor of California’s unconstitutional requirement.

The Philanthropy Roundtable Launches “Can We Talk About It?” Podcast

Mar 03, 2021 The Philanthropy Roundtable

“Can We Talk About It?”, a new podcast from The Philanthropy Roundtable launches today on Apple & Google Podcasts.

Philanthropy Roundtable Asks Supreme Court to Uphold Donor Privacy

Mar 02, 2021 The Philanthropy Roundtable

The Philanthropy Roundtable argued in an amicus brief filed today before the U.S. Supreme Court in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Xavier Becerra.

 
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Next Gen Donors: Impacting Philanthropy for Generations to Come

Next Gen Donors: Impacting Philanthropy for Generations to Come

Mar 02, 2021 Joanne Florino

This next gen—which Goldseker reminds us can include those in their twenties all the way to those in their fifties—will have outsize impact because they will have more resources to give and (for the younger next gens) will give for a longer time, primarily because they are revolutionizing the “how” of philanthropy.

Donor-Advised Funds Are Supporting Charities in Time of Need

Donor-Advised Funds Are Supporting Charities in Time of Need

Mar 01, 2021 Elizabeth McGuigan

The following article is part of a Philanthropy Roundtable series examining recent calls for additional regulations on charitable giving and the works underpinning these proposals.

AP: Debate amid pandemic: Should foundations have to give more?

AP: Debate amid pandemic: Should foundations have to give more?

Feb 26, 2021 Elise Westoff

The Associated Press cites Roundtable CEO Elise Westhoff in a piece on the Arnold-Madoff proposal that seeks to impose regulations on Donor Advised Funds.

Three Family Foundations that Uplifted Their Communities in 2020

Three Family Foundations that Uplifted Their Communities in 2020

Feb 23, 2021 Madeline Fry Schultz

Whether providing COVID-19 relief, supporting healthcare infrastructure, or helping students adjust to online learning, these foundations provided much-needed assistance during a difficult year.

Black History Month – here's how churches, civil society uplift the community

Black History Month – here's how churches, civil society uplift the community

Feb 22, 2021 Patrice Lee Onwuka

Since nation’s founding, Black people have organized to meet needs of their fellow citizens.

Taking Sides in Union Disputes: The President Fired Me

Taking Sides in Union Disputes: The President Fired Me

Feb 17, 2021 Debi Ghate

Our schools have enough problems functioning right now—we don’t need union issues added to those.

“Dark Money” When You Don’t Like the Agenda, “Philanthropy’s Power” When You Do

“Dark Money” When You Don’t Like the Agenda, “Philanthropy’s Power” When You Do

Feb 16, 2021 Debi Ghate

When it comes to private donations made to election-related efforts, the “dark money” label and its sinister implication is often attached to conservatives’ activities and dollars.

Analysis of Money Flowing to Hate Groups Is One-Sided

Analysis of Money Flowing to Hate Groups Is One-Sided

Feb 16, 2021 Debi Ghate

At a time when most of the country wants to find ways to heal our divisions, we should be wary of relying on sources that only reinforce ideological divisions.

A Boon for Charitable Giving Is Being Threatened by Congress

A Boon for Charitable Giving Is Being Threatened by Congress

Feb 16, 2021 Howard Husock

Personal charitable giving accounts — or donor-advised funds — are the latest innovation in American philanthropy that is keeping thousands of small nonprofits across the country alive today.

South Dakota Bill Would Help Starve Cancel Culture By Letting People Donate Privately

South Dakota Bill Would Help Starve Cancel Culture By Letting People Donate Privately

Feb 16, 2021 Patrice Lee Onwuka

In states across the country, politicians have increasingly demanded that charities and nonprofit organizations reveal the names and addresses of top supporters and donors.

Grading Medical Schools

Grading Medical Schools

Feb 12, 2021 Jeremy Lott

The following interview is part of a Roundtable series highlighting how philanthropy can improve America’s health-care system by investing in medical education to achieve transformational results.

Donor Advised Funds are the Fastest Growing Option in Charitable Giving

Donor Advised Funds are the Fastest Growing Option in Charitable Giving

Feb 11, 2021 The Philanthropy Roundtable

Study reports DAFs may hold more than $5 billion in appreciated assets

From Talk to Specific Recommendations on Policing Reforms

From Talk to Specific Recommendations on Policing Reforms

Feb 10, 2021 Debi Ghate

A proper rule of law, with various levels of government playing their appropriate roles, is essential to protecting our liberties.

Announcing The Philanthropy Roundtable's Donor Intent Hub

Announcing The Philanthropy Roundtable's Donor Intent Hub

Feb 09, 2021 Joanne Florino

The Donor Intent Hub encourages donors to think carefully about how they deploy their gifts, and provides them with useful guidelines for making sure their philanthropy accomplishes the good they intend.

Nominations Open for 2021 Simon-DeVos Prize

Nominations Open for 2021 Simon-DeVos Prize

Feb 09, 2021 The Philanthropy Roundtable

$200,000 award to go to honored philanthropist’s charity of choice

Donor Privacy: A Civil Rights Lesson Democrats Should Remember

Donor Privacy: A Civil Rights Lesson Democrats Should Remember

Feb 04, 2021 The Philanthropy Roundtable

Howard Husock writes at The Hill that Congressional Democrats would be wise to remember their long, historical support of donor privacy—dating back to the civil rights era—before calling for reforms like those in their much-touted legislation H.R. 1.

Why Americans Should Cheer the Use of Donor-Advised Funds

Why Americans Should Cheer the Use of Donor-Advised Funds

Feb 04, 2021 Elizabeth McGuigan

The following article is part of a Philanthropy Roundtable series examining recent calls for additional regulations on charitable giving and the works underpinning these proposals.

Taking Professional to the Next Level

Taking Professional to the Next Level

Feb 03, 2021 Alysa Davis

The following interview is part of a Philanthropy Roundtable series highlighting how philanthropy can improve America’s health-care system by investing in medical education to achieve transformational results.

Washington Update: Policy News That Could Shake Up Philanthropy

Washington Update: Policy News That Could Shake Up Philanthropy

Feb 01, 2021 Debi Ghate

Updates about important behind-the-scenes developments that could potentially impact philanthropic freedom and excellence.

Chris Young from ‘The Vanishing Trial’ Is Finally Freed

Chris Young from ‘The Vanishing Trial’ Is Finally Freed

Jan 28, 2021 Debi Ghate

There are many, many cases where people remain in prison because their Sixth Amendment rights were not protected.

The Roundtable Leads Coalition Letter Asking Congress to Oppose New Mandates on Charitable Giving

The Roundtable Leads Coalition Letter Asking Congress to Oppose New Mandates on Charitable Giving

Jan 27, 2021 The Philanthropy Roundtable

The Philanthropy Roundtable, along with other organizations, sent a coalition letter to Congress urging them to reject new restrictions on charitable giving.

Elon Musk Asks: How Should I Spend My Fortune?

Elon Musk Asks: How Should I Spend My Fortune?

Jan 26, 2021 Madeline Fry Schultz

The Roundtable has tips for both new and experienced philanthropists looking to guide or redefine their giving.

Something to Celebrate: It’s National School Choice Week!

Something to Celebrate: It’s National School Choice Week!

Jan 25, 2021 Debi Ghate

Every year, parental choice in education is celebrated across the country during National School Choice Week.

The Roundtable's Plan for Protecting and Promoting Charitable Giving in 2021

The Roundtable's Plan for Protecting and Promoting Charitable Giving in 2021

Jan 25, 2021 The Philanthropy Roundtable

The Philanthropy Roundtable’s mission is more important today than ever.

Teaching Doctors Virtue

Teaching Doctors Virtue

Jan 22, 2021 Jeremy Lott

A medical expert explains the need for more virtue education in medical schools.

Worth Watching: Defending the Freedom to Give in 2021

Worth Watching: Defending the Freedom to Give in 2021

Jan 21, 2021 Joanne Florino

The Roundtable's experts provide a robust and informative assessment of the challenges to philanthropic freedom in a changed political environment.

Another Step Closer to Honoring Julius Rosenwald and Self-Reliance in America

Another Step Closer to Honoring Julius Rosenwald and Self-Reliance in America

Jan 21, 2021 Patrice Onwuka

This month, amidst a flurry of news, an important honor for the philanthropic giant Julius Rosenwald came one step closer to fruition.

Does Philanthropy Need to be More Woke?

Does Philanthropy Need to be More Woke?

Jan 18, 2021 The Philanthropy Roundtable

Today's social justice aims not for the equality sought by Martin Luther King Jr., but for equity, which leads to special treatment for some groups over others.

Congress Continues Campaign to Chill Political Speech

Congress Continues Campaign to Chill Political Speech

Jan 14, 2021 Patrice Onwuka

Congress has resurrected a sweeping election reform bill that’s certain to stifle funding to political advocacy.

Foundation Payout Decisions and the Folly of One-Size-Fits-All Mandates

Foundation Payout Decisions and the Folly of One-Size-Fits-All Mandates

Jan 14, 2021 Joanne Florino

Questions about whether to maintain or increase payout rates during a crisis are difficult—and best left to a foundation’s own leaders.

Jeff Bezos, Cancel Culture, and Charitable Giving in America

Jeff Bezos, Cancel Culture, and Charitable Giving in America

Jan 13, 2021 The Philanthropy Roundtable

What is philanthropy's equivalent of cancel culture? Howard Husock explains in FOXBusiness.

Why Charter Schools Deserve Another Look from Philanthropy

Why Charter Schools Deserve Another Look from Philanthropy

Jan 11, 2021 Madeline Fry Schultz

Even though public charter schools don’t benefit from the funding levels of public schools, they still manage, in many cases, to provide better educational outcomes.

The Supreme Court May Set an Important Donor-Privacy Precedent

The Supreme Court May Set an Important Donor-Privacy Precedent

Jan 11, 2021 Debi Ghate

The Supreme Court will decide whether California can require charitable organizations to disclose the identities of their donors.

Private Philanthropy: The Indispensable Force in the Pandemic

Private Philanthropy: The Indispensable Force in the Pandemic

Jan 06, 2021 The Philanthropy Roundtable

Patrice Lee Onwuka, adjunct senior fellow with The Philanthropy Roundtable, writes that private philanthropy has been indispensable during the pandemic.

Congress Recognizes Julius Rosenwald’s Philanthropy

Congress Recognizes Julius Rosenwald’s Philanthropy

Jan 04, 2021 Debi Ghate

Last month, Congress came together to pay homage to the incredible philanthropic legacy of Julius Rosenwald.

Why Philanthropy Was Critical to Developing COVID-19 Vaccines

Why Philanthropy Was Critical to Developing COVID-19 Vaccines

Jan 03, 2021 The Philanthropy Roundtable

The Gates Foundation and other major donors can take risks that government and corporations cannot.

Are We Looking at a Death Tax on Charitable Giving?

Are We Looking at a Death Tax on Charitable Giving?

Dec 31, 2020 The Philanthropy Roundtable

America is more charitable, dollar for dollar, than any other country. Let's keep it that way.

The Power of Private Giving

The Power of Private Giving

Dec 24, 2020 The Philanthropy Roundtable

On IWF's "She Thinks" podcast, Philanthropy Roundtable President and CEO Elise Westhoff talks about the power of private giving.

Charles Koch on Philanthropy and Civil Society

Charles Koch on Philanthropy and Civil Society

Dec 23, 2020 The Philanthropy Roundtable

What is the relationship between philanthropy and civil society? Howard Husock asks Charles Koch and Brian Hooks.

Worth Watching: A Discussion About Our Common Values

Worth Watching: A Discussion About Our Common Values

Dec 22, 2020 Debi Ghate

What can we do about the intense division, naming and shaming, and cancel culture we’ve seen accelerate leading up to this year’s election?

The Problem with Nasdaq’s Diversity Quotas

The Problem with Nasdaq’s Diversity Quotas

Dec 17, 2020 Madeline Fry Schultz

Earlier this month, Nasdaq President and CEO Adena Friedman spearheaded an initiative to attempt to bring more diversity, equity, and inclusion to Wall Street.

Celebrity Cardi B Turns Criticism into a Philanthropic Boost

Celebrity Cardi B Turns Criticism into a Philanthropic Boost

Dec 16, 2020 Patrice Onwuka

Musical artist Cardi B recently demonstrated an important lesson about the role private philanthropy plays in spurring giving.

The Left Wants a Philanthropy of the Few

The Left Wants a Philanthropy of the Few

Dec 15, 2020 The Philanthropy Roundtable

Major foundations back a proposal that would force smaller donors to spend down their funds, writes Philanthropy Roundtable President and CEO Elise Westhoff.

The Supreme Court May Soon Rule on Donor Privacy

The Supreme Court May Soon Rule on Donor Privacy

Dec 15, 2020 Debi Ghate

For those following donor-privacy issues, there was an important development in the case known as Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra.

Big Pharma and Traditional Capitalism to the Rescue

Big Pharma and Traditional Capitalism to the Rescue

Dec 11, 2020 The Philanthropy Roundtable

Through capitalism, pharmaceutical companies are working to create a COVID-19 vaccine, writes Senior Executive Fellow Howard Husock.

A Record-Breaking GivingTuesday—Even During the Pandemic

A Record-Breaking GivingTuesday—Even During the Pandemic

Dec 09, 2020 Patrice Onwuka

As we kick off the end-of-year giving season, charities can take some confidence that when needed, Americans will still answer the call to help.

A Lt. General’s Perspective on Much More than National Security

A Lt. General’s Perspective on Much More than National Security

Dec 08, 2020 Debi Ghate

Retired Lt. General H.R. McMaster discusses how America could and should defend democracy through principled foreign policy.

Philanthropy Roundtable Survey: Children’s Mental Health Funding in the Time of COVID-19

Philanthropy Roundtable Survey: Children’s Mental Health Funding in the Time of COVID-19

Dec 07, 2020 Patrick Tennant, Gary Blau, and Anna Bobb

The Philanthropy Roundtable surveyed members who fund children’s mental health initiatives to determine if their plans for funding have changed, and if technical assistance is needed to meet their philanthropic goals and objectives.

Launching a New Podcast: ‘Can We Talk About It?’

Launching a New Podcast: ‘Can We Talk About It?’

Dec 07, 2020 Debi Ghate

It seems there are more and more topics we shy away from out of fear of offending, being shouted down, or getting “canceled.”

RIP, Walter Williams: Champion of Economic Freedom

RIP, Walter Williams: Champion of Economic Freedom

Dec 07, 2020 Annie Dwyer

Last week, we lost a champion of economic freedom and an institution in the free-market community, Walter E. Williams.

The Identity Politics Policy Portfolio

The Identity Politics Policy Portfolio

Dec 07, 2020 Mike Gonzalez

We should scrutinize what policymakers and administrators would do either to repudiate or exacerbate identity politics.

Donor Intent at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Donor Intent at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Dec 04, 2020 Joanne Florino

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is under fire for its allegedly inadequate response to the call for racial justice.

Diversity Mandates From Foundations Make It Harder for Nonprofits to Do Their Jobs Well

Diversity Mandates From Foundations Make It Harder for Nonprofits to Do Their Jobs Well

Dec 04, 2020 The Philanthropy Roundtable

Philanthropy Roundtable vice president of strategy and innovation Debi Ghate writes that diversity mandates harm, rather than help, the philanthropic sector.

ICYMI: Why Urban American Matters: Race, Opportunity, and the American Future

ICYMI: Why Urban American Matters: Race, Opportunity, and the American Future

Dec 04, 2020 Debi Ghate

Reihan Salam, president of the Manhattan Institute, explains how we can see a renaissance of our American cities.

Sandra Swirski Argues New DAF Regulation is 'Misguided'

Sandra Swirski Argues New DAF Regulation is 'Misguided'

Dec 04, 2020 The Philanthropy Roundtable

The Roundtable's Sandra Swirski warns of the consequences of new DAF regulation in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Elise Westhoff Responds to the Arnold-Madoff Proposal

Elise Westhoff Responds to the Arnold-Madoff Proposal

Dec 01, 2020 The Philanthropy Roundtable

Elise Westhoff, president and CEO of The Philanthropy Roundtable, responds to a proposal to regulate the philanthropic sector.

Small Donors Should Give Local for Big Impact

Small Donors Should Give Local for Big Impact

Dec 01, 2020 Patrice Onwuka

After the consumerism of the Thanksgiving weekend concludes, Giving Tuesday encourages Americans to do good with their time and treasure.

Mark Cuban and John Legend Display Conflicting Visions of the Poverty Fight

Mark Cuban and John Legend Display Conflicting Visions of the Poverty Fight

Nov 30, 2020 Patrice Onwuka

In a recent Twitter back-and-forth, the celebrities debated about private giving. Read Patrice Onwuka’s take in her recent op-ed for the Washington Examiner.

Interview with John Tyler, Part Two

Interview with John Tyler, Part Two

Nov 24, 2020 The Philanthropy Roundtable

John Tyler talks donor-advised funds and giving for the long-term.

Two Experts Discuss: Does Philanthropy Have a Race Problem?

Two Experts Discuss: Does Philanthropy Have a Race Problem?

Nov 24, 2020 Joanne Florino

This year has seen an immediate and generous response to address racial inequity by individual donors and institutional philanthropy alike.

The Election and Implications for the Pro-Freedom Agenda

The Election and Implications for the Pro-Freedom Agenda

Nov 23, 2020 Debi Ghate

The Roundtable hosted a pleasantly optimistic conversation about the election and what the outcomes mean for those who want to pursue pro-liberty policies.

Interview with John Tyler, Part One

Interview with John Tyler, Part One

Nov 23, 2020 The Philanthropy Roundtable

John Tyler talks family foundations, regulation of the philanthropic sector, and the truth about donor-advised funds.

Free Expression, University Culture, and the Role of Leadership

Free Expression, University Culture, and the Role of Leadership

Nov 20, 2020 Debi Ghate

The president of the University of Chicago, Dr. Robert Zimmer, discusses the importance of creating a climate of free speech on campus.

Justice Alito Defends the First Amendment

Justice Alito Defends the First Amendment

Nov 18, 2020 Madeline Fry Schultz

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito defended the First Amendment rights to free speech and religious liberty, warning that support for each is slipping.

Some Genuine Questions for the Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker

Some Genuine Questions for the Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker

Nov 17, 2020 Debi Ghate

Recently, I’ve been following a lot of what Darren Walker, the CEO of the Ford Foundation, has been saying. I came across an interview  he did in 2019, and I have to say, I found myself a little confused.

Legend v. Cuban: A Twitter Battle Royale Over…Philanthropy?

Legend v. Cuban: A Twitter Battle Royale Over…Philanthropy?

Nov 16, 2020 Brandon Millett

John Legend picked an online fight with Mark Cuban over the subject of philanthropy, of all things. Who won?

Changing the Narrative About Veterans

Changing the Narrative About Veterans

Nov 13, 2020 Shaun Rieley

Veterans can be powerful civic assets, but only if they are equipped and deployed to fill those roles.

Security Threats? Donor Privacy Matters

Security Threats? Donor Privacy Matters

Nov 13, 2020 Debi Ghate

We should be concerned about all forms of threatened violence, regardless of whether it’s aimed at progressive nonprofits, conservative organizations, or anyone in between.

President-Elect Biden Has a Choice to Make About Philanthropy

President-Elect Biden Has a Choice to Make About Philanthropy

Nov 12, 2020 Debi Ghate

Given the seriousness of what Joe Biden may need to throw his energy and effort into addressing, it seems he has a choice to make when it comes to philanthropy.

What Biden’s Win and the Stock Market Surge Mean for Giving

What Biden’s Win and the Stock Market Surge Mean for Giving

Nov 12, 2020 The Philanthropy Roundtable

Elise Westhoff explains how a Biden administration could change philanthropy.

A Win in California! Prop 16 Goes Down

A Win in California! Prop 16 Goes Down

Nov 10, 2020 Debi Ghate

We consider this a true win for anyone who believes in a vision of America where people, regardless of race or other characteristics, can pursue opportunity.

A 'Must-Read' for Higher Ed Donors

A 'Must-Read' for Higher Ed Donors

Nov 09, 2020 Debi Ghate

Earlier this year, The Philanthropy Roundtable published a guidebook focused entirely on protecting donor intent, a key aspect of philanthropic excellence.

Biden’s Tax Proposals Cause Reason for Concern About Charitable Giving

Biden’s Tax Proposals Cause Reason for Concern About Charitable Giving

Nov 06, 2020 The Philanthropy Roundtable

Sandra Swirski, executive director of ACR, wrote to The Chronicle of Philanthropy expressing concerns about how Joe Biden's tax plan could affect the philanthropic sector.

Community Foundations Use DAFs to Give Away $1.22 Billion

Community Foundations Use DAFs to Give Away $1.22 Billion

Nov 06, 2020 Patrice Onwuka

Community foundations from Oklahoma to Oregon gave more than $1.22 billion to charity through donor-advised funds this year.

Small Donations Make a Big Impact

Small Donations Make a Big Impact

Nov 05, 2020 Madeline Fry Schultz

Giving shot up in the first half of 2020. For that, you can thank not just the billionaire philanthropists, but thousands of donors with small gifts.

COVID-19 Giving: Donors Aren’t Tapped Out Yet

COVID-19 Giving: Donors Aren’t Tapped Out Yet

Nov 04, 2020 Patrice Onwuka

In a year afflicted by the coronavirus pandemic, will Americans keep their donations up until the end? A recent survey has some good news.

New Reports on Strategic Time Horizons in Philanthropy

New Reports on Strategic Time Horizons in Philanthropy

Nov 03, 2020 Joanne Florino

Helpful news for individuals, families, and foundation boards engaged in time-horizon conversations.

Good to Know! Proposals Calling for Regulation of the Philanthropy Sector

Good to Know! Proposals Calling for Regulation of the Philanthropy Sector

Nov 02, 2020 Debi Ghate

I sat down with John Tyler of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to get up to speed on a recent proposal to regulate DAFs.

1619 v. 1776: The First Direct Debate Between Scholars

1619 v. 1776: The First Direct Debate Between Scholars

Nov 02, 2020 Debi Ghate

We believe this is the first time that authors from both sides of the debate have met face to face to discuss their perspectives.

Think Tanks Awarded for Outstanding Policy Achievement

Think Tanks Awarded for Outstanding Policy Achievement

Oct 30, 2020 Madeline Fry Schultz

When SPN released its annual Bob Williams Awards for Outstanding Policy Achievement, organizations that helped Americans get through the pandemic topped the list.

The Latest Numbers on Campus Free Speech, and More

The Latest Numbers on Campus Free Speech, and More

Oct 29, 2020 Debi Ghate

Two thought leaders share their perspectives on some complex questions surrounding the role of free speech.

Is Our Constitution Color-Blind?

Is Our Constitution Color-Blind?

Oct 28, 2020 Debi Ghate

The Constitution has never been interpreted as a color-blind document, even though giants such as Frederick Douglass believed it could be.

Physical Distance, Neighborly Connection: Meet Invisible Hands

Physical Distance, Neighborly Connection: Meet Invisible Hands

Oct 28, 2020 Madeline Fry Schultz

The New York-based nonprofit delivers food, and connection, to vulnerable populations during the pandemic.

Donor-Advised Funds Are Important Tools for Private Foundation Grantmaking

Donor-Advised Funds Are Important Tools for Private Foundation Grantmaking

Oct 27, 2020 Sara Barba

Donor-advised funds are efficient and effective tools that help donors get resources out the door in times of critical need.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Donor Privacy

Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Donor Privacy

Oct 26, 2020 Patrice Onwuka

On the Supreme Court, how might Judge Amy Coney Barrett rule on issues of donor privacy?

Conservative Groups Face Safety Threats. It’s Not Just Progressives.

Conservative Groups Face Safety Threats. It’s Not Just Progressives.

Oct 26, 2020 The Philanthropy Roundtable

Philanthropy Roundtable vice president of strategy and innovation Debi Ghate writes that security threats plague conservatives, not just progressives.

How a Florida Nonprofit Keeps Kids out of Foster Care

How a Florida Nonprofit Keeps Kids out of Foster Care

Oct 26, 2020 Madeline Fry Schultz

Out of the 1,600 children Better Together has served, 96 percent have stayed out of the foster care system entirely.

The Vanishing Trial: Watching Our Sixth Amendment Protections Disappear

The Vanishing Trial: Watching Our Sixth Amendment Protections Disappear

Oct 26, 2020 Debi Ghate

We discussed the trial penalty and its consequences, and much more—such as why pressure on “white-led” organizations from progressive funders will hurt more than help.

The Tyranny of Anti-Merit

The Tyranny of Anti-Merit

Oct 23, 2020 Debi Ghate

If one values liberty, opportunity, and personal responsibility as we do at the Roundtable, one might bristle at even seeing "The Tyranny of Merit" as the title of a book.

COVID-19, the National Economy, and Mental Health

COVID-19, the National Economy, and Mental Health

Oct 14, 2020 Alysa Davis

Key takeaways from a discussion of the effects of COVID-19 on the national economy and its relation to rising rates of diseases and deaths of despair.

Elise Westhoff Responds to Attack on Philanthropic Freedom

Elise Westhoff Responds to Attack on Philanthropic Freedom

Oct 09, 2020 The Philanthropy Roundtable

Philanthropy Roundtable president and CEO Elise Westhoff wrote a letter to the editor at the Chronicle of Philanthropy in response to a recent push to curb philanthropic freedom. Read more.

Americans’ Understanding of Basic Civics is Growing, but Only Partly

Americans’ Understanding of Basic Civics is Growing, but Only Partly

Oct 09, 2020 Shaun Rieley

The recent turmoil in American politics may have helped more Americans understand basic civics. Yet, despite these signs of progress, civic educators still have work to do.

Stop the Slippery Slope: First Gender, Now More

Stop the Slippery Slope: First Gender, Now More

Oct 08, 2020 Debi Ghate

It is going to take litigation to challenge this unconstitutional California law.

Community Colleges are Getting Students Back to Work

Community Colleges are Getting Students Back to Work

Oct 08, 2020 Tony Mayer

deLaski Family Foundation President Kathleen deLaski decided to “go all in” on reinventing college with an opportunity for disrupting higher education.

Which Colleges Support Free Speech?

Which Colleges Support Free Speech?

Oct 07, 2020 Madeline Fry Schultz

When free speech grows rarer on so many campuses, how are donors to respond?

The 1776 Commission: A Brief Guide for the Perplexed

The 1776 Commission: A Brief Guide for the Perplexed

Oct 07, 2020 Shaun Rieley

When was America really founded: 1776 or 1619? The Philanthropy Roundtable is hosting two scholars for a debate.

Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Respect Donor Intent

Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Respect Donor Intent

Oct 05, 2020 Joanne Florino

A suggestion from a Congressman to rename the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University adds a new twist to donor intent lore, bringing us into the realm of the just plain silly.

The Philanthropy Roundtable Urges Congress NOT to Force More Giving from Donor-advised Funds and Foundations

The Philanthropy Roundtable Urges Congress NOT to Force More Giving from Donor-advised Funds and Foundations

Oct 05, 2020 Debi Ghate

One small group is attempting to dictate the rules and terms for an entire industry in a sphere that is voluntary and well-intentioned to begin with.

Nineteen Years After 9/11: How to Support Veterans and Their Families

Nineteen Years After 9/11: How to Support Veterans and Their Families

Oct 01, 2020 Shaun Rieley

In the years since 9/11, millions of philanthropic dollars have been poured into the veteran and military family space. What works best?

How We Value Charitable Contributions Matters

How We Value Charitable Contributions Matters

Oct 01, 2020 Debi Ghate

A recent Forbes ranking of billionaire philanthropists minimizes methods necessary for innovation, problem-solving, and sustainability.

Campus Cancel Culture: Three C’s We Don’t Want to See

Campus Cancel Culture: Three C’s We Don’t Want to See

Sep 25, 2020 Debi Ghate

When most campuses aren’t even operating at normal capacity due to the pandemic, what could possibly be driving the numbers of these kinds of cases up so noticeably? The answer: cancel culture has taken root on campus.

The Roundtable Joins “Chorus of Unified Voices” in the Ninth Circuit

The Roundtable Joins “Chorus of Unified Voices” in the Ninth Circuit

Sep 18, 2020 Debi Ghate

The Roundtable hasn’t had the opportunity to file many amicus briefs in support of legal challenges that affect the philanthropic freedom of donors to give to causes they value and to be free of restriction or intimidation in doing so.

Three Good Reasons Why Donors Might Postpone Releasing DAF Dollars

Three Good Reasons Why Donors Might Postpone Releasing DAF Dollars

Sep 16, 2020 Joanne Florino

“Critics claim that DAFs unduly postpone funds needed by charities, but the vehicle offers many benefits that may outweigh its costs.”

Philanthropy’s Role in Elections: How and Why Philanthropy Became Such a Powerful Player
Racism at the Human Rights Commission

Racism at the Human Rights Commission

Sep 08, 2020 Debi Ghate

One of the Best Ways to Protect Private Giving

One of the Best Ways to Protect Private Giving

Sep 08, 2020 Joanne Florino and David Bass

Philanthropic Freedom is Under Attack and Here’s What You Should Know
How a New Fund Helps Parents Teach Their Children

How a New Fund Helps Parents Teach Their Children

Aug 24, 2020 Madeline Fry Schultz

A recently launched experiment supports parents in educating their own kids—during distance learning or otherwise.

Replacing Violence with Community

Replacing Violence with Community

Aug 21, 2020 Madeline Fry Schultz

Thirty years ago, when Father Greg Boyle was a pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Boyle Heights, he became troubled by the prevalence of gang violence in his neighborhood.

Philanthropists Helping America Restart

Philanthropists Helping America Restart

Aug 18, 2020 Madeline Fry Schultz

While many donors have turned toward humanitarian efforts to ease the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, some are looking at a different sort of humanitarian work.

Good News for Religious Giving

Good News for Religious Giving

Aug 11, 2020 Madeline Fry Schultz

A majority of donors plan to keep giving to religious causes—despite covid-19.

The Problematic Characterization of the Charitable Deduction as a Subsidy
Ignorance, Anarchy, Even Dissolution

Ignorance, Anarchy, Even Dissolution

Jul 21, 2020 Interview with Philanthropy magazine

Philanthropy recently spoke with Jonathan Greenberg of the Jack Miller Family Foundation about mobs tearing down statues and how donors can fund civics education.

Our Take: Mandates are Unnecessary for Donor-Advised Funds to be Effective
A Victory for School Choice

A Victory for School Choice

Jul 13, 2020 Madeline Fry Schultz

The Supreme Court just delivered a victory for school choice, but only time will tell how much it will affect students across the U.S.

Private Donations and National Defense

Private Donations and National Defense

Jul 11, 2020 Karl Zinsmeister

A RealClearPolitics spinoff from the Spring 2020 issue of Philanthropy magazine.

Strengthening Catholic Schools

Strengthening Catholic Schools

Jun 29, 2020 Madeline Fry Schultz

Partnership Schools, an innovative network of Catholic educators, expands to Cleveland.

Americans’ Extraordinary Response in Time of Crisis: Giving

Americans’ Extraordinary Response in Time of Crisis: Giving

Jun 26, 2020 Karl Zinsmeister

A spinoff in The Hill from the forthcoming Spring 2020 issue of Philanthropy magazine.

Giving USA Shows Charitable Giving Up in 2019, but Concerning Trends Persist
Great Gifts of Health From U.S. Donors

Great Gifts of Health From U.S. Donors

Jun 23, 2020 Karl Zinsmeister

A RealClearPolitics spinoff from the forthcoming Summer 2020 issue of Philanthropy magazine.

The State of Charitable Giving

The State of Charitable Giving

Jun 22, 2020 Madeline Fry Schultz

Philanthropic giving boomed in 2019. What will the future bring?

Boosts for Small Business

Boosts for Small Business

Jun 19, 2020 Madeline Fry Schultz

Donors big and small are helping mom and pop stay open.

A New Way for Churches to Serve Hospitals

A New Way for Churches to Serve Hospitals

Jun 16, 2020 Madeline Fry Schultz

There are 124 hospitals in the state of Arizona, and more than 1,000 churches. During the coronavirus pandemic, a new charitable effort was launched to connect them.

Restaurant Workers Feed the Hungry

Restaurant Workers Feed the Hungry

Jun 12, 2020 Madeline Fry Schultz

The covid-19 crisis created numerous problems in the food sector. Savvy nonprofits and donors connected the dots.

Organizing Small Donors in Support of Local Reporting

Organizing Small Donors in Support of Local Reporting

Jun 08, 2020 Madeline Fry Schultz

Media companies are laying off employees by the hundreds during the covid-19 crisis. Yet the Long Beach Post, a regional news website with 20 employees, just hired two new reporters.

Keeping Covid Philanthropy Local

Keeping Covid Philanthropy Local

May 29, 2020 Interview with Philanthropy magazine

Leo Linbeck on covid and its consequences.

Artist Relief

Artist Relief

May 22, 2020 Madeline Fry Schultz

A new fund provides crisis aid to artists in need.

Blood and Generosity

Blood and Generosity

May 20, 2020 Madeline Fry Schultz

Meet a ten-gallon donor.

Interview with Steve Moore

Interview with Steve Moore

May 15, 2020 Interview with Philanthropy magazine

The executive director of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust explains how the foundation is responding to the coronavirus.

A Star Medical Researcher Looks at the Coronavirus

A Star Medical Researcher Looks at the Coronavirus

May 13, 2020 Interview with Philanthropy magazine

Dr. Tony Atala—an international leader in the field of regenerative medicine, which creates tissues that can replace failing body parts—discusses covid-19.