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Trust-based Philanthropy: What Donors Need to Know

Nov 23, 2021 Joanne Florino

Despite its popularity, donors should be aware of the dangerous core mission behind trust-based philanthropy and avoid using that label to describe their thoughtful grantmaking practices.

Meet the “Mother of Thanksgiving:” Sarah Josepha Hale

Nov 22, 2021 Brandon Millett

Very few people know the name of the person perhaps most responsible for the annual and national celebration of Thanksgiving – a person so passionate about the holiday and its purpose that she dedicated much of her life to seeing it properly recognized. Her name was Sarah Josepha Hale.

Philanthropy Roundtable Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Nov 18, 2021 Joanne Florino

Last month, the Philanthropy Roundtable celebrated the organization’s official 30th anniversary at its Annual Meeting at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, the site of the Roundtable’s first Annual Meeting three decades ago.

 
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New DAF Data Show Robust Giving

New DAF Data Show Robust Giving

Nov 16, 2021 Elizabeth McGuigan

Last week, two new reports were released illustrating the growing importance of donor-advised funds (DAFs) to America’s charities and the communities they support.

Simon-DeVos Prize Winner Discusses Importance of School Choice at Philanthropy Roundtable’s Annual Meeting

Simon-DeVos Prize Winner Discusses Importance of School Choice at Philanthropy Roundtable’s Annual Meeting

Nov 10, 2021 Staff

Our 2021 Simon-DeVos Prize for Philanthropic Leadership winner, William E. “Bill” Oberndorf, issued a call to action on education reform at the organization’s Annual Meeting last month in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Marcus and Sinise Partner to Build Mental Wellness Network for Veterans, First Responders

Marcus and Sinise Partner to Build Mental Wellness Network for Veterans, First Responders

Nov 10, 2021 Brandon Millett

This Veterans Day, Philanthropy Roundtable is spotlighting efforts by philanthropists Bernie Marcus and Gary Sinise to address the "invisible wounds of war."

The American Veterans Center: Guarding and Preserving “America’s Heroic Memory”

The American Veterans Center: Guarding and Preserving “America’s Heroic Memory”

Nov 09, 2021 Brandon Millett

As we approach Veterans Day this week, there are many ways donors can choose to remember and support our nation’s heroes. One organization that devotes itself to “preserving and promoting” the legacy of veterans is the American Veterans Center (AVC).

Breaking Down Barriers to Work for Military Families — and All Americans

Breaking Down Barriers to Work for Military Families — and All Americans

Nov 02, 2021 Heather Curry

The average military family moves every 2-3 years and for military spouses with occupational licenses, these moves mean major disruptions in their careers.

Proposed DAF Changes Concern the Planned Giving Community

Proposed DAF Changes Concern the Planned Giving Community

Nov 01, 2021 Patrice Onwuka

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) are an essential tool in the philanthropic toolbox for donors planning their legacies.

Ask the Experts: Freedom of Religion … or the Right for Foster Kids to Join Safe, Loving Families … or Both?

Ask the Experts: Freedom of Religion … or the Right for Foster Kids to Join Safe, Loving Families … or Both?

Oct 28, 2021 Debi Ghate

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court issued its decision in a case called Fulton v. City of Philadelphia.

Carried Interest Tax Proposal Threatens Charitable Giving

Carried Interest Tax Proposal Threatens Charitable Giving

Oct 28, 2021 Elizabeth McGuigan

Apart from the negative impact of tax increases in general, this provision would impose a substantial tax on certain partnership interests even when a charitable donor transfers those assets to charity.

Seven Trays of Lasagna That Changed the World

Seven Trays of Lasagna That Changed the World

Oct 26, 2021 Brandon Millett

Rhiannon Men made seven trays of lasagna and offered them on Facebook to families nearby. What happened next could be considered a miracle.

Philanthropy Roundtable’s Joanne Florino Featured in Planned Giving Today’s “Protecting Donor Intent: Part II”

Philanthropy Roundtable’s Joanne Florino Featured in Planned Giving Today’s “Protecting Donor Intent: Part II”

Oct 25, 2021

Philanthropy Roundtable’s Adam Meyerson Distinguished Fellow in Philanthropic Excellence Joanne Florino wrote a feature in the October issue of Planned Giving Today.

Elise Westhoff Gives Address at Philanthropy Roundtable 2021 Annual Meeting

Elise Westhoff Gives Address at Philanthropy Roundtable 2021 Annual Meeting

Oct 19, 2021 Staff

Philanthropy Roundtable President and CEO Elise Westhoff kicked off the organization’s Annual Meeting last week in Colorado Springs, Colo., with a welcome address.

Parent Advocates Respond to Justice Department’s School Board Memo

Parent Advocates Respond to Justice Department’s School Board Memo

Oct 19, 2021 Debi Ghate

“A disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers and staff…”

A Diverse Bipartisan Effort Against California’s Divisive Critical Ethnic Studies Curriculum

A Diverse Bipartisan Effort Against California’s Divisive Critical Ethnic Studies Curriculum

Oct 13, 2021 Dr. Wenyuan Wu

Coming from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, over a dozen public commenters spoke passionately about the divisive nature of CRT and its influence on California’s ethnic studies curricula.

Values and Passion for Education Drive Simon-DeVos Prize Winner

Values and Passion for Education Drive Simon-DeVos Prize Winner

Oct 12, 2021 Brandon Millett

Oberndorf came to the conclusion that, in a climate where the public school system was rife with challenges, students needed other education options.

Five Insights About Donors of Color

Five Insights About Donors of Color

Oct 12, 2021 Patrice Onwuka

Key areas where people of color devote their giving to advance philanthropic aims are education and economic empowerment. However, non-white donor groups differ in how and where they give compared to each other, white donors and donors overall.

Philanthropy Roundtable’s Joanne Florino Talks Donor Intent in Planned Giving Today

Philanthropy Roundtable’s Joanne Florino Talks Donor Intent in Planned Giving Today

Oct 07, 2021 Staff

In the first of a two-part series, The Philanthropy Roundtable’s Joanne Florino examines how organizations can preserve donor intent amid pushback from critics.

Is Frederick Douglass’s Most Famous Speech Misunderstood?

Is Frederick Douglass’s Most Famous Speech Misunderstood?

Oct 03, 2021 Debi Ghate

This speech was not a rebuke of the American idea. It was a rebuke of the present reality in 1852 America which represented a “harsh denial” of the American idea.

California Judge Injects Uncertainty into Gig Economy with Court Ruling

California Judge Injects Uncertainty into Gig Economy with Court Ruling

Sep 30, 2021 Debi Ghate

If Proposition 22 is judged to be invalid, one of two things will disappear immediately for gig workers, either job flexibility or the job itself as gig companies adjust to the higher costs of doing business.

Study Shows Rarity of DAF-to-DAF Transfers

Study Shows Rarity of DAF-to-DAF Transfers

Sep 30, 2021 Elizabeth McGuigan

DAFs pay out at a strong rate. The occasions of DAF-to-DAF gifts are rare, and driven by valid reasons.

Escaping Homelessness Through Tech – A Young Mother Creates a New Life for Herself and Her Son

Escaping Homelessness Through Tech – A Young Mother Creates a New Life for Herself and Her Son

Sep 20, 2021 Bertina Ceccarelli

High-quality careers with upward mobility are more than just jobs. For Yahaira it was an escape from a cycle of poverty, abuse, and financial instability.

Philanthropy Roundtable President and CEO Delivers Remarks at State Policy Network Annual Meeting

Philanthropy Roundtable President and CEO Delivers Remarks at State Policy Network Annual Meeting

Sep 17, 2021 Staff

Philanthropy Roundtable President and CEO Elise Westhoff recently delivered remarks at the State Policy Network annual meeting in Florida.

Philanthropy Roundtable Announces Bill Oberndorf as 2021 Recipient of the Simon-DeVos Prize for Philanthropic Leadership

Philanthropy Roundtable Announces Bill Oberndorf as 2021 Recipient of the Simon-DeVos Prize for Philanthropic Leadership

Sep 15, 2021 Staff

Investor and philanthropist William E. “Bill” Oberndorf is the winner of the 2021 Simon-DeVos Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.

Philanthropy Roundtable is Standing Up for What It Has Always Believed In

Philanthropy Roundtable is Standing Up for What It Has Always Believed In

Sep 14, 2021 Staff

We are taking the opportunity to clarify for our readers what the Roundtable is, and why we have been advocating for charitable giving that advances our long-held values of liberty, opportunity and personal responsibility.

Ideas Still Have Consequences and Philanthropy: 9/11 Twenty Years Later

Ideas Still Have Consequences and Philanthropy: 9/11 Twenty Years Later

Sep 11, 2021 Debi Ghate

There is so much pain that still exists from that day 20 years ago. But for some of us, there was also new clarity.

Reflections from a Veteran on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Reflections from a Veteran on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Sep 10, 2021 Kara Subach

While those of us who made it back are the lucky ones, coming home from war carries a cost.

Philanthropy Roundtable’s Debi Ghate Featured in The Economist

Philanthropy Roundtable’s Debi Ghate Featured in The Economist

Sep 07, 2021 Staff

The Philanthropy Roundtable’s Vice President of Strategy and Programs Debi Ghate recently was featured in The Economist discussing how some in the philanthropy sector have an over-narrow focus on equity, and it’s leading grant-makers astray.

What to Make of New Insights into Pre-Pandemic Giving

What to Make of New Insights into Pre-Pandemic Giving

Sep 02, 2021 Patrice Onwuka

A new analysis from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy paints a troubling picture of long-term declining pre-pandemic household giving due in part to declining incomes and shifting societal norms around religion.

Report Confirms DAFs Have Commendable Payout Rates

Report Confirms DAFs Have Commendable Payout Rates

Aug 25, 2021 Elizabeth McGuigan

DAFs are effective tools that allow donors to irrevocably commit funds to charitable giving while allowing time for strategic gifts or longer-term appreciation of charitable funds over time.

Top Ten Tips for E-filing Your Organization’s 990-PF

Top Ten Tips for E-filing Your Organization’s 990-PF

Aug 24, 2021 Joanne Florino

Because open access and machine readability provide greater transparency, accurate and thoughtful reporting is more important than ever.

The Afghanistan Crisis: How You Can Help

The Afghanistan Crisis: How You Can Help

Aug 23, 2021 Brandon Millett

For the people of Afghanistan, especially those who worked with the U.S. military over the last 20 years, the U.S. withdrawal and Taliban takeover is horrifying.

Fighting Poverty is not Just About Money—It’s About Relationships

Fighting Poverty is not Just About Money—It’s About Relationships

Aug 20, 2021 Megan Rose

We tend to define “fighting poverty” as helping people and families meet basic needs of survival—food, water and shelter. But poverty is not just a lack of money—it’s a lack of social connections.

Education Secretary Withdraws Unlawful Critical Race Theory Proposal

Education Secretary Withdraws Unlawful Critical Race Theory Proposal

Aug 19, 2021 Peggy Little

What the public debate about Critical Race Theory has largely missed is that any federal control over curricula violates federal law, including the very statute under which the Department of Education was founded in 1979.

A Big Labor Plan to Undermine the Gig Economy

A Big Labor Plan to Undermine the Gig Economy

Aug 18, 2021 Debi Ghate

As history has shown, whenever the private sector creates a success story, government regulators and labor unions immediately begin plotting a way to slow it down and take a cut.

S. 1981 Threatens Donor Privacy

S. 1981 Threatens Donor Privacy

Aug 17, 2021 Elizabeth McGuigan

While the IRS has historically held confidential the private information of taxpayers, including charitable foundations and individual donors, recent leaks make it all too clear: IRS data is no longer safe from the public eye.

Red or Blue, There’s a DAF for You

Red or Blue, There’s a DAF for You

Aug 13, 2021 Patrice Onwuka

Private giving vehicles like DAFs are tools for everyone and that’s a good thing for philanthropic freedom.

The Song in Its Soul

The Song in Its Soul

Aug 12, 2021 John Rohe

North America has 30% fewer birds than in the 1970s. That’s a loss of 3 billion birds. But new technology promises new hope to reverse this pattern.

Elise Westhoff Discusses Philanthropy’s Value to America’s Future

Elise Westhoff Discusses Philanthropy’s Value to America’s Future

Aug 10, 2021 Staff

Philanthropy Roundtable President and CEO Elise Westhoff recently joined “The Daily Signal Podcast” with Daily Signal news producer Virginia Allen to discuss why philanthropy is so important to America’s future.

Cason Carter Joins Philanthropy Roundtable Board of Directors

Cason Carter Joins Philanthropy Roundtable Board of Directors

Aug 10, 2021 Staff

Philanthropy Roundtable is pleased to announce that Cason Carter was recently elected as the newest member of its board of directors.

Viewpoint Diversity About DEI? The Business Schools Weigh In

Viewpoint Diversity About DEI? The Business Schools Weigh In

Aug 09, 2021 Debi Ghate

Bringing together people of various experiences, skills, knowledge sets and backgrounds can yield new thinking and solutions. In the academy and in philanthropy, we are dedicated to doing just that.

The Administrative Nightmare of S. 1981

The Administrative Nightmare of S. 1981

Aug 09, 2021 Elizabeth McGuigan

The administrative nightmare this proposal would impose on DAF sponsors, themselves public charities, cannot be ignored.

From Cooking Food to Fixing Clunkers – Restaurant Entrepreneur Lifts Community

From Cooking Food to Fixing Clunkers – Restaurant Entrepreneur Lifts Community

Aug 06, 2021 Debi Ghate

Eliot Middleton's new charitable venture trades plates of his barbecue to anyone willing to donate a broken-down vehicle. He then fixes the vehicle and gives it to someone who needs it.

Landmark Lawsuit Challenges Race-Based Programming in Schools

Landmark Lawsuit Challenges Race-Based Programming in Schools

Aug 03, 2021 Kimberly Hermann

Public schools are an arm of the government. The check on that power is in the courtroom. It is well-settled law that in America, the government cannot discriminate against people because of the color of their skin.

Sotomayor, Gorsuch Discuss: Is the Civics Education Crisis a Threat to our National Security?

Sotomayor, Gorsuch Discuss: Is the Civics Education Crisis a Threat to our National Security?

Aug 02, 2021 Brandon Millett

According to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, America's ignorance about its founding is “a bit scary.”

Philanthropy Roundtable Joins 285 National and Community Groups to Oppose King-Grassley Bill to Restrict Charitable Giving

Philanthropy Roundtable Joins 285 National and Community Groups to Oppose King-Grassley Bill to Restrict Charitable Giving

Aug 02, 2021 Staff

Philanthropy Roundtable joined a coalition letter signed by more than 285 national and community organizations from all 50 states opposing the so-called Accelerating Charitable Efforts (ACE) Act.

Charitable Funds Are Not Government Property

Charitable Funds Are Not Government Property

Jul 29, 2021 Elizabeth McGuigan

Charitable funds are not – and should never be – government property.

New Senate Bill Would Hurt Charities and Those They Serve

New Senate Bill Would Hurt Charities and Those They Serve

Jul 29, 2021 Elizabeth McGuigan

Sens. Angus King (I-Maine) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) recently introduced a bill called the “Accelerate Charitable Efforts Act.” The problem is, the measure would have the opposite effect.

Supreme Court Will Hear Institute for Justice and Ed Choice Case Seeking More Educational Options for Maine Families and Children

Supreme Court Will Hear Institute for Justice and Ed Choice Case Seeking More Educational Options for Maine Families and Children

Jul 28, 2021 Scott Bullock

As the pandemic has shown, the need for alternatives to public schooling has never been greater.

"The Business of Giving" Podcast interviews Elise Westhoff

"The Business of Giving" Podcast interviews Elise Westhoff

Jul 27, 2021 Staff

Roundtable CEO Elise Westhoff recently chatted with Denver Frederick on his podcast “The Business of Giving” about the state of philanthropy, the reasons to keep DAFs accessible for all levels of donors and how the pandemic impacted charitable giving.

How State Think Tanks Fought Covid with Health Care Reform

How State Think Tanks Fought Covid with Health Care Reform

Jul 27, 2021 Kathleen O’Hearn

When the pandemic hit in March of 2020, Americans needed access to quality health care more than ever before. And fast. States sprang into action to make it as easy as possible to get care, lifting many government barriers in the process.

Various Groups Voice Concerns About Senate Effort to Restrict Charitable Giving

Various Groups Voice Concerns About Senate Effort to Restrict Charitable Giving

Jul 26, 2021 Staff

The so-called Accelerating Charitable Efforts (ACE) Act would impose new mandates on foundations, distribution requirements on donor-advised funds and other restrictions on charitable giving. This legislation, if passed, will directly harm charities and those who benefit from their valuable work—some of our nation’s most vulnerable.

First Amendment Freedoms: As Urgent and Essential as Ever

First Amendment Freedoms: As Urgent and Essential as Ever

Jul 22, 2021 Jan Neuharth

You’ll find it’s a rare day when some aspect of our First Amendment freedoms doesn’t make the news cycle, often in the form of Americans across the country speaking, assembling or petitioning on behalf of causes in their communities.

Five Aspects of DAFs Missing in Article on S. 1981

Five Aspects of DAFs Missing in Article on S. 1981

Jul 22, 2021 Elizabeth McGuigan

When considering changes in the treatment of DAFs or any charitable giving vehicle, it is crucial to rely on evidence-based solutions to well-defined problems.

Justice Breyer: No Room For “Real Politics” on the Supreme Court

Justice Breyer: No Room For “Real Politics” on the Supreme Court

Jul 21, 2021 Brandon Millett

Justice Breyer comes across as a man who is keenly aware he has many more years behind him on the court than in front of him, and very thoughtful about his history with the court and his legacy. Is he ready to retire? He says he hasn’t made a decision.

Just as Many Questions as Answers for Those Following Gates Foundation News

Just as Many Questions as Answers for Those Following Gates Foundation News

Jul 20, 2021 Joanne Florino

Whatever happens, the inevitable changes coming to The Gates Foundation will be an important case study when considering best practices for operations, governance and protecting donor intent at large foundations.

School Reopening Decisions Were More About Politics and Power than Safety and the Needs of Families

School Reopening Decisions Were More About Politics and Power than Safety and the Needs of Families

Jul 19, 2021 Corey A. DeAngelis

Teachers’ unions overplayed their hand this past year. And as a result, it’s safe to say that 2021 will be the year of school choice.

New Data and Insights on DAF Payouts Out of Michigan Community Foundations

New Data and Insights on DAF Payouts Out of Michigan Community Foundations

Jul 19, 2021 Patrice Onwuka

Durable public policy on DAFs is driven by sound, data-supported evidence.

Philanthropy Roundtable CEO Elise Westhoff Featured in The Wall Street Journal’s Weekend Interview

Philanthropy Roundtable CEO Elise Westhoff Featured in The Wall Street Journal’s Weekend Interview

Jul 16, 2021 Staff

The Philanthropy Roundtable’s President & CEO Elise Westhoff was featured in The Wall Street Journal’s The Weekend Interview on the challenges of woke philanthropy, the value of donor privacy, and why philanthropic freedom is essential to effective charitable giving.

Law360 Profiles Philanthropy Roundtable’s First General Counsel Jenny Kim

Law360 Profiles Philanthropy Roundtable’s First General Counsel Jenny Kim

Jul 16, 2021 Law360.com

Law360’s “On the Spot” feature interviewed the Philanthropy Roundtable’s new Vice President of Operations and first General Counsel Jenny Kim.

The Numbers Are In: American Generosity Hits an All-Time High During COVID

The Numbers Are In: American Generosity Hits an All-Time High During COVID

Jul 15, 2021 Brandon Millett

In these moments, when fear, pain and insecurity are at their apex, and our survival instincts try to coax us into self-protection, there are so many who can rise above them to do what is both simple and difficult at the same time – give.

Twelve States Empower Students and Families by Passing Education Reforms

Twelve States Empower Students and Families by Passing Education Reforms

Jul 15, 2021 Michael Chartier

During the 2021 legislative sessions, several states passed laws that empower parents to make the best education choices for their children.

Ohio Lawmakers Consider Bill to Protect Donor Intent

Ohio Lawmakers Consider Bill to Protect Donor Intent

Jul 14, 2021 Joanne Florino

The Ohio state legislature is considering legislation that will provide remedies for donor intent violations.

Rumsfeld's Rules for Philanthropy

Rumsfeld's Rules for Philanthropy

Jul 13, 2021 Leslie Lenkowsky

Donald Rumsfeld's work as a philanthropist left an important mark, showing how much a donor can accomplish with a clear vision, sound strategy, good people and persistence.

New Research Lifts Hood on Homeschooling During Pandemic

New Research Lifts Hood on Homeschooling During Pandemic

Jul 12, 2021 Michael McShane

According to a U.S. Census Bureau survey released earlier this year, homeschooling exploded during the pandemic.

New Report Spotlights Civic Education Crisis in America, Offers Vision for Reform

New Report Spotlights Civic Education Crisis in America, Offers Vision for Reform

Jul 09, 2021 David Griffith

In recent years, concern for the health of American democracy has mounted—and with good reason. Although the costs of polarization and misinformation are hard to quantify, there is little question that they have coarsened and warped our public conversations, and the risks they pose to our system of government are too large for comfort.

Supreme Court Rules Blanket Donor Disclosure Mandates Are Unconstitutional

Supreme Court Rules Blanket Donor Disclosure Mandates Are Unconstitutional

Jul 07, 2021 Elizabeth McGuigan

With the Supreme Court’s ruling for freedom of association and the corollary right to donor privacy, S. 1981 and state efforts to mandate donor disclosure face a clear constitutional obstacle.

A Revolutionary Way to Celebrate the Fourth

A Revolutionary Way to Celebrate the Fourth

Jul 02, 2021 Brandon Millett

While beaches, barbecues and fireworks might be the most popular ways to celebrate Independence Day, those who are more historically inclined (and happen to be in the Philadelphia area) might want to swing by the Museum of the American Revolution.

The Supreme Court rules in favor of property rights and the right to exclude

The Supreme Court rules in favor of property rights and the right to exclude

Jul 02, 2021 Steven D. Anderson

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that private parties have the right to exclude unwanted visitors from coming onto their property, upholding the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of property rights.

Philanthropy Roundtable Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Donor Privacy

Philanthropy Roundtable Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Donor Privacy

Jul 01, 2021 Staff

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta that the California Attorney General’s demands for donor information violate the First Amendment.

The Pathway to Civility: Making Perceptions Match Reality

The Pathway to Civility: Making Perceptions Match Reality

Jun 30, 2021 Daniel Turner

New research suggests Americans may be way less polarized than they think.

Are Biblical Values Republican? IRS Says Yes

Are Biblical Values Republican? IRS Says Yes

Jun 29, 2021 Debi Ghate

The IRS has a history of paying special attention to conservative, tax-exempt organizations.

The Pandemic Propelled U.S. Giving to the Highest Level in 2020

The Pandemic Propelled U.S. Giving to the Highest Level in 2020

Jun 29, 2021 Patrice Onwuka

The coronavirus pandemic spurred a tremendous year of giving according to new giving data. In total, Americans gave $471.44 billion away to charity.

Liberty, equality, and opportunity: Why America is still worth fighting for

Liberty, equality, and opportunity: Why America is still worth fighting for

Jun 25, 2021 Elise Westhoff

Every American deserves to share in this country’s promise and the privileges we enjoy.

Good News from the 9th Circuit Court on the Gender Quotas Case

Good News from the 9th Circuit Court on the Gender Quotas Case

Jun 23, 2021 Patrice Onwuka

The government cannot pursue the laudable cause of equality by advancing discriminatory practices.

True Diversity: Celebrating the Rich Identities that Make Us Each Unique

True Diversity: Celebrating the Rich Identities that Make Us Each Unique

Jun 23, 2021 Debi Ghate

The future of philanthropy will be brighter if we allow a diversity of ideas and causes to be pursued.

Philanthropy and Emancipation

Philanthropy and Emancipation

Jun 18, 2021 Brandon Millett

Juneteenth at its core is about finally fulfilling the promise of America’s founding documents and extending the blessing of liberty to all Americans.

Ask the Experts: Making A Living the Gig Economy Way

Ask the Experts: Making A Living the Gig Economy Way

Jun 18, 2021 Debi Ghate

Why the gig economy is working so well, what the latest threats are to its continued existence and what devastating impacts there would be in curtailing it.

Conservative Creation: New Institutions to Preserve What We Hold Dear

Conservative Creation: New Institutions to Preserve What We Hold Dear

Jun 17, 2021 Joanne Florino

We must appreciate that sometimes in order to preserve principles and practices that we hold dear, we must create new institutions dedicated to such causes.

National Philanthropic Organizations Sign Letter Voicing Concern on ACE Act

National Philanthropic Organizations Sign Letter Voicing Concern on ACE Act

Jun 17, 2021 Staff

A number of national non-profits have voiced opposition to the ACE Act and the following letter highlights a few of these organizations, why they oppose the bill, and how the bill will impact the non-profit sector.

New Senate Bill Would Stifle Charitable Giving, Harming Those in Need

New Senate Bill Would Stifle Charitable Giving, Harming Those in Need

Jun 14, 2021 Elizabeth McGuigan

When people have the flexibility to give how, when and where they choose, it spurs even more generosity and uplifts those who we all wish to help.

Roundtable Responds to King and Grassley Senate Bill Targeting Charitable Giving

Roundtable Responds to King and Grassley Senate Bill Targeting Charitable Giving

Jun 09, 2021 Staff

Charitable giving is one of the most powerful tools we have to address some of our nation’s toughest challenges. The best way to expand and encourage giving is to ensure that everyone can participate, but more mandates and regulations on giving will make it harder for all Americans to support the causes they care about.

A New Plan to Help Foster Youth Achieve Independence

A New Plan to Help Foster Youth Achieve Independence

Jun 08, 2021 Dan Lips

Cash accounts for life expenses with state oversight can help at-risk teens avoid bad outcomes.

“(Just Like) Starting Over” at the Gates Foundation

“(Just Like) Starting Over” at the Gates Foundation

Jun 07, 2021 Joanne Florino

Living donors must trust themselves to choose board members who will make the best decisions to steward the foundation’s mission. And trustees must have a sense of what their title suggests—that the donor or donors who chose them have faith in their judgment.

A Role for Philanthropy in Juvenile Justice Reform

A Role for Philanthropy in Juvenile Justice Reform

Jun 04, 2021 Jake Horowitz, The Pew Charitable Trusts

States can achieve lower levels of crime and punishment if they invest in strategies to reduce recidivism and support families. Charitable giving can catalyze this work.

Roundtable Policy Brief: No Reason to Discriminate Against Family Foundations

Roundtable Policy Brief: No Reason to Discriminate Against Family Foundations

Jun 03, 2021 Elizabeth McGuigan

We examined prior research and ran a simple analysis to determine if there is evidence that family foundations generally claim higher expenses relative to grantmaking than foundations run by non-family staff. The short answer is no.

The Tulsa Massacre at 100: How Free Enterprise and Private Dollars Built and Rebuilt a Black Community

The Tulsa Massacre at 100: How Free Enterprise and Private Dollars Built and Rebuilt a Black Community

Jun 03, 2021 Patrice Onwuka

Instead of depending on bureaucrats and policymakers to advance the ball of opportunity alone, empowerment for Blacks, minorities and others struggling in poverty will depend on freedom, opportunity and these communities investing in themselves.

Free to Give: Meet NancyJo Houk

Free to Give: Meet NancyJo Houk

May 28, 2021 NancyJo Houk

“Now, this year through mid-February, we have raised over $1 million in donor-advised fund gifts. So, we have seen giving from donor-advised funds almost seven times higher than at that same time last year.”

Henry Ford and the Ford Foundation: Have the Right Lessons Been Learned?

Henry Ford and the Ford Foundation: Have the Right Lessons Been Learned?

May 26, 2021 Debi Ghate

Is today’s Ford Foundation repeating the mistakes of its founder, while forgetting the valuable lessons he shared about effective philanthropy and self-reliance?

Three Powerful Philanthropic Trends to Emerge from Pandemic Giving

Three Powerful Philanthropic Trends to Emerge from Pandemic Giving

May 21, 2021 Patrice Onwuka

During normal times, Americans are tremendously generous, but in times of crisis they rise to meet new challenges brought on by disaster. The pandemic is no different.

More Evidence DAFs Serve as Powerful Giving Vehicles

More Evidence DAFs Serve as Powerful Giving Vehicles

May 19, 2021 Elizabeth McGuigan

While there is certainly value to allowing funds to appreciate within DAFs, this is a far cry from the “stockpiling” label critics place on DAFs.

Philanthropic Wokeism Undermines Free Market Principles

Philanthropic Wokeism Undermines Free Market Principles

May 17, 2021 Richard Graber

While well-intentioned, there has been almost no scrutiny of grant making that supports social justice activism. Have the billions of dollars spent on it resulted in greater equity and quality of life for those it purports to help?

Donor Intent Done Right

Donor Intent Done Right

May 17, 2021 Joanne Florino

Charitable organizations that partner well with donors to abide by gift restrictions understand that both parties—and the nonprofit sector as a whole—benefit from their success.

Koch Counsel Named 1st General Counsel At Philanthropy Roundtable

Koch Counsel Named 1st General Counsel At Philanthropy Roundtable

May 14, 2021 Law360.com

Kim, as the first general counsel the Roundtable has had, told Law360 Pulse on Tuesday that she was focusing on working with senior leadership to set priorities for her new role.

Jenny Kim Becomes First General Counsel at The Philanthropy Roundtable

Jenny Kim Becomes First General Counsel at The Philanthropy Roundtable

May 11, 2021 Law.com

A long-time Koch Industries in-house attorney has left the company to become the first general counsel of a conservative philanthropic organization. Jenny Kim, based in Washington, D.C., started working as vice president of operations and general counsel at The Philanthropy Roundtable earlier this month.

The Legacy of Julius Rosenwald

The Legacy of Julius Rosenwald

May 11, 2021 Stephanie Deutsch

While the Rosenwald name is not well remembered, the legacy of his remarkable career endures.

Free to Give: Meet Nita Shah

Free to Give: Meet Nita Shah

May 10, 2021

"We began by serving the people and businesses that were displaced or left behind by the changing landscape of the city. Today, we’ve grown to serving seven counties in Oregon and two in southwest Washington."

Holding Officials Accountable for Violating Constitutional Rights

Holding Officials Accountable for Violating Constitutional Rights

May 10, 2021 Daniel Turner

In a victory for free speech, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of student Chike Uzuegbunam this term, holding in Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski that government officials must be held accountable when they violate constitutionally protected freedoms.

Philanthropy Should Embrace Viewpoint Diversity

Philanthropy Should Embrace Viewpoint Diversity

May 06, 2021 Elise Westhoff

I challenge my philanthropic colleagues to lean into our discomfort, ask the tough questions, think independently and truly engage in a real conversation about where we are as a country and how we can best move forward to help communities in need.

Should Giving be Anonymous?

Should Giving be Anonymous?

May 06, 2021 Howard Husock

Efforts to inhibit debate by regulating anonymous support risks not only discouraging free speech but also set an unwelcome precedent that could inhibit philanthropy as a whole.

Ask The Experts: Teacher Appreciation Week? How Teachers Unions Got in the Way

Ask The Experts: Teacher Appreciation Week? How Teachers Unions Got in the Way

May 05, 2021 Debi Ghate

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, 2021 style: Some schools are open part-time, some parents have pulled their kids out of public schools and everyone is looking at the education system and wondering why we can’t do better.

Innovation in Crisis: How Telehealth Led to Better Care for Veterans During the Pandemic

Innovation in Crisis: How Telehealth Led to Better Care for Veterans During the Pandemic

May 03, 2021 Daniel Turner

May is both Military Appreciation and Mental Health Awareness month; the intersection of those two demonstrates how breaking down barriers to telehealth can benefit our military veterans.

Shaq’s “Give Local” Strategy is a Slam Dunk

Shaq’s “Give Local” Strategy is a Slam Dunk

Apr 29, 2021 Patrice Onwuka

If celebrities and athletes want to make a difference they should consider Shaq’s advice to take care of where they’re from. It could spark new waves of civic renewal and local communities would score.

Five Takeaways: Supreme Court Hears Donor Privacy Case AFPF v. Bonta

Five Takeaways: Supreme Court Hears Donor Privacy Case AFPF v. Bonta

Apr 28, 2021 Elizabeth McGuigan

This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta (formerly AFPF v. Becerra). Here are the top 5 takeaways.

People-focused philanthropy is on the way out. A philanthropy that divides is taking over.

People-focused philanthropy is on the way out. A philanthropy that divides is taking over.

Apr 28, 2021 Elise Westhoff

At its best, philanthropy has given people the tools and resources they need to succeed. It enables people to rise together with the help of communities and private generosity.

California vs. Charitable Giving

California vs. Charitable Giving

Apr 26, 2021 Howard Husock

The U.S. Supreme Court will take up a case out of California that could have a major impact on charitable giving and those individuals who prefer to keep their charitable activities, specifically donations, confidential.

Four Arguments California Gets Wrong about Donor Privacy in AFPF v. Rodriquez

Four Arguments California Gets Wrong about Donor Privacy in AFPF v. Rodriquez

Apr 22, 2021 Patrice Onwuka

The stakes of this case are high and the implications wide-reaching.

Arizona Passes Law to Provide Lawyers for Abused and Abandoned Children

Arizona Passes Law to Provide Lawyers for Abused and Abandoned Children

Apr 22, 2021 Darcy Olsen

An attorney with a legal and ethical duty to the child is among the most important protections we can give both to a child who has been abandoned or abused and to a child who has been wrongly removed from a parent falsely accused.

Free to Give: Meet Dan Flowers

Free to Give: Meet Dan Flowers

Apr 20, 2021

“A lot of these donor-advised fund gifts came in unrestricted and allowed us to get right to work and put the money where it was needed most."

Giving While Living: What It Takes to Outlive Your Wealth

Giving While Living: What It Takes to Outlive Your Wealth

Apr 20, 2021 Joanne Florino

In January 2020, Global Citizen launched its “Give While You Live” campaign, which asks billionaires to commit to giving away at least 5% percent of their wealth each year.

Telehealth: The Pandemic Opened the Door … Will it Stay Open?

Telehealth: The Pandemic Opened the Door … Will it Stay Open?

Apr 20, 2021 Debi Ghate

Now that the door has been opened to telehealth deregulation, increasing healthcare access while keeping medical personnel and patients safer, will that door stay open?

Inspiring Stories Series: Do You Know Who Biddy Mason Was?

Inspiring Stories Series: Do You Know Who Biddy Mason Was?

Apr 19, 2021 Debi Ghate

As someone who draws inspiration from people who have had to overcome obstacles I will never know, I’m always looking for those stories to remind myself of how resilient and capable the human spirit is.

How Philanthropy Is Fueling American Division

How Philanthropy Is Fueling American Division

Apr 19, 2021 Elise Westhoff

The philanthropic sector is abandoning a time-tested approach. Instead, it is embracing a political approach that is dividing the country and holding Americans back.

New York Times Calls Out Left for Dark Money

New York Times Calls Out Left for Dark Money

Apr 15, 2021 Howard Husock

American journalism, especially at the local level, is gasping for financial oxygen. We must hope for a combination of business acumen and philanthropy guided by true civic interest to keep journalism—and the accountability it brings—alive.

Free to Give: Meet Natasha Thompson

Free to Give: Meet Natasha Thompson

Apr 13, 2021

“The quick response from donor-advised funds allowed us to be very nimble in our relief efforts."

Free to Give: Meet Jeremy Kraut-Ordover

Free to Give: Meet Jeremy Kraut-Ordover

Apr 09, 2021

“Donor-advised funds will continue to grow and they should: they serve an important purpose in creating the opportunity for longevity in philanthropic relationships.”

Ask the Experts: Is “Educating for American Democracy” Realistic in Today’s Climate?

Ask the Experts: Is “Educating for American Democracy” Realistic in Today’s Climate?

Apr 08, 2021 Debi Ghate

Educating for American Democracy (EAD) describes itself as “an unprecedented effort that convened a diverse and cross-ideological group of scholars and educators to create a Roadmap to Educating for American Democracy."

A Self-Made Millionaire Has a Recipe to Uplift Blacks

A Self-Made Millionaire Has a Recipe to Uplift Blacks

Apr 08, 2021 Patrice Lee Onwuka

We should not forget that during the darkest periods of our history, people like Madam C.J. Walker created opportunities for themselves and others while caring for societies least able.

60 Minutes Softballs Darren Walker

60 Minutes Softballs Darren Walker

Apr 07, 2021 Howard Husock

Ford Foundation President Darren Walker has had yet another star turn, this time in an adoring profile on 60 Minutes. But the specific approach to philanthropy for which Walker was lauded on 60 Minutes deserves greater scrutiny.

Defeating the Chinese Communist Party: What Role for Philanthropists?

Defeating the Chinese Communist Party: What Role for Philanthropists?

Apr 06, 2021 Tim Morrison

Today, the greatest single threat to America’s national security and long-term economic security is the illegitimate and corrupt ruling regime in Beijing.

What Does the Research Say About Reopening Schools?

What Does the Research Say About Reopening Schools?

Apr 05, 2021 Daniel Fuenzalida

Transitioning to a hybrid-model or fully reopening schools seems more possible than ever.

Equip Students to Separate Facts from Fiction

Equip Students to Separate Facts from Fiction

Apr 05, 2021 Daniel Turner

When students can’t tell the difference between a sponsored ad and a news story, even the education establishment recognizes it is failing to teach media literacy.

Anonymous Gifts Powered the Fight for the Women’s Vote

Anonymous Gifts Powered the Fight for the Women’s Vote

Mar 31, 2021 Patrice Onwuka

Women’s History Month offers a great time to reflect on how principles of philanthropic freedom advanced the cause of equality for women in our nation.

Plan to Regulate Foundations and DAFs Opens Door to Burdensome Government Intrusion

Plan to Regulate Foundations and DAFs Opens Door to Burdensome Government Intrusion

Mar 30, 2021 Elise Westhoff and Richard Graber

The stipulation that DAFs must make payouts within 15 years is arbitrary and capricious. Further, it risks funds not being available at times of greatest need, such as during the pandemic.

Loudoun County Parents at War Over Critical Race Theory in Curriculum

Loudoun County Parents at War Over Critical Race Theory in Curriculum

Mar 30, 2021 Debi Ghate

Two groups of parents are at war in Loudoun County, Virginia over Critical Race Theory in the classroom.

Ask the Experts: What’s Important to Know About K-12 Education Today in the States?

Ask the Experts: What’s Important to Know About K-12 Education Today in the States?

Mar 29, 2021 Debi Ghate

As schools begin to tentatively reopen in parts of the country, many are wondering what has changed, what the fallout will be and how the K-12 has evolved as a result of the pandemic.

Is Objective Math a Form of “White Supremacy?”

Is Objective Math a Form of “White Supremacy?”

Mar 29, 2021 Debi Ghate

While the growing emphasis on critical race theory in American classrooms has broader societal implications, the real victims of this educational approach are the students themselves.

The Inspiring Stories Series: Medical Students in Their Communities

The Inspiring Stories Series: Medical Students in Their Communities

Mar 25, 2021 Debi Ghate

Medical students are working together to promote human flourishing through advancing caring and character in medicine in order to positively impact individuals and communities in our society.

The Inspiring Stories Series: He Gave $20M to the College He Dropped Out Of

The Inspiring Stories Series: He Gave $20M to the College He Dropped Out Of

Mar 25, 2021 Debi Ghate

Tyler never graduated from Morgan State University. He was forced to drop out after one year because he could not afford tuition. Now he gave the university $20 million.

The Critical Race Training Juggernaut: Has It Reached Your School District Yet?

The Critical Race Training Juggernaut: Has It Reached Your School District Yet?

Mar 24, 2021 Joanne Florino

Earlier this month, the Legal Insurrection Foundation (LIF), in collaboration with the Texas Public Policy Foundation, offered an eye-opening webinar titled “How Critical Race Training is Harming K-12.”

Sen. Warren’s Plan to Divide Americans

Sen. Warren’s Plan to Divide Americans

Mar 24, 2021 Elizabeth McGuigan

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has resuscitated her campaign proposal to levy additional income tax on “ultra-wealthy” Americans. Under her proposal, the government would charge two percent on assets above $50 million each year, increasing by a percentage point over $1 billion.

New Survey Reveals that Students Increasingly Hesitant to Voice Views on Campus

New Survey Reveals that Students Increasingly Hesitant to Voice Views on Campus

Mar 24, 2021 Daniel Turner

According to a recent survey, students are increasingly reluctant to discuss controversial topics on campus.

Free to Give: Meet Maureen Hackett

Free to Give: Meet Maureen Hackett

Mar 23, 2021

"Donor-advised funds have been incredibly successful in getting help to people who otherwise wouldn’t receive it because of the time and administrative costs that often create barriers to donors operating private foundations."

Free to Give: Meet Darla Romfo

Free to Give: Meet Darla Romfo

Mar 23, 2021

"Thankfully, the charitable response we’ve been seeing has also been incredible. One way we were able to respond is through our Stay in School fund, which has so far helped 1,400 families pay their outstanding tuition balances."

Free to Give: Meet Josiah Day

Free to Give: Meet Josiah Day

Mar 23, 2021

"It’s been really encouraging for us to see the community rally together, and especially our network of donor-advised fund holders, around helping the broader community at this time."

Free to Give: Meet Tom Beck

Free to Give: Meet Tom Beck

Mar 23, 2021

"Donor-advised funds have made it possible for our supporters to react quickly in crisis and respond to our needs. There’s no bureaucracy."

How Has Federal COVID-19 Relief Impacted the States?

How Has Federal COVID-19 Relief Impacted the States?

Mar 22, 2021 Daniel Fuenzalida

How government aid should work during a pandemic is far from obvious. The data is helpful for understanding where things stand.

Behind the Debate: Examining the Measures of DAF Payout

Behind the Debate: Examining the Measures of DAF Payout

Mar 22, 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.

Ask the Experts: What To Do About Violent Crime

Ask the Experts: What To Do About Violent Crime

Mar 19, 2021 Debi Ghate

In the world of criminal justice reform, we hear much more about prison reform than public safety. Here was a perspective that addressed both, without minimizing the issues in either realm.

100 Years of Carnegie Libraries

100 Years of Carnegie Libraries

Mar 18, 2021 Howard Husock

March 18 marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the first of more than a thousand free public libraries in the United States funded through the philanthropy of Andrew Carnegie.

Gender Mandates on the Docket in 'Meland v. Padilla'

Gender Mandates on the Docket in 'Meland v. Padilla'

Mar 16, 2021 Elizabeth McGuigan

Our interest in this case runs deeper than the immediate loss of charitable resources. The major concern is that these mandates may spill over into the charitable sector, creating a dual punishment of fewer funds and higher compliance costs.

Dolly Parton’s Vaccine Shot: A Dose of Her Own Philanthropy

Dolly Parton’s Vaccine Shot: A Dose of Her Own Philanthropy

Mar 12, 2021 Patrice Onwuka

Parton’s philanthropy has worked to make life better for others for decades and it’s working to bring us closer to the end of this pandemic.

Undoing Decades of Worker and Employer Freedoms in One Fell Swoop

Undoing Decades of Worker and Employer Freedoms in One Fell Swoop

Mar 11, 2021 Debi Ghate

Our Constitution protects our right to free association, and many people from both the labor and business sides have fought for years to protect our economic freedom.

Suppress Free Speech, Suppress the Economy

Suppress Free Speech, Suppress the Economy

Mar 11, 2021 Daniel Fuenzalida

Chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, Steve Forbes, posted a video on YouTube outlining the dangers that free speech suppression could have on the American economy.

Attacking Traditional Philanthropy Is Wrongheaded and Out of Sync With Most Americans’ Giving

Attacking Traditional Philanthropy Is Wrongheaded and Out of Sync With Most Americans’ Giving

Mar 09, 2021 Howard Husock

Most Americans steer their charity to efforts to advance the American Dream — a philanthropy of inclusion and continuity.

How’s Your State Doing on K-12 Issues?

How’s Your State Doing on K-12 Issues?

Mar 08, 2021 Debi Ghate

Here are some reliable resources available for those of us who are wondering how our state is faring on education issues.

Invasion of Private Property on the Supreme Court Docket

Invasion of Private Property on the Supreme Court Docket

Mar 05, 2021 Daniel Turner

These friend-of-the-court briefs highlight the importance in safeguarding private property rights, and flesh out the issues at stake.

The Supreme Court’s Chance to Rule for Donor Privacy

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

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

Mar 03, 2021 Staff

“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

Philanthropy Roundtable Asks Supreme Court to Uphold Donor Privacy

Mar 02, 2021 Staff

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

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 Staff

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 Staff

$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 Staff

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 Staff

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 Staff

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 Staff

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 Staff

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 Staff

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 Staff

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 Staff

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 Staff

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 Staff

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 Staff

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.