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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

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

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.

 
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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.