The Philanthropy Roundtable Blog
Charitable Funds Are Not Government PropertyJul 29, 2021
Charitable funds are not – and should never be – government property.
New Senate Bill Would Hurt Charities and Those They ServeJul 29, 2021
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 ChildrenJul 28, 2021
As the pandemic has shown, the need for alternatives to public schooling has never been greater.
"The Business of Giving" Podcast interviews Elise WesthoffJul 27, 2021
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 ReformJul 27, 2021
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 GivingJul 26, 2021
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 EverJul 22, 2021
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. 1981Jul 22, 2021
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 CourtJul 21, 2021
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 NewsJul 20, 2021
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 FamiliesJul 19, 2021
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 FoundationsJul 19, 2021
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 InterviewJul 16, 2021
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 KimJul 16, 2021
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 COVIDJul 15, 2021
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 ReformsJul 15, 2021
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 IntentJul 14, 2021
The Ohio state legislature is considering legislation that will provide remedies for donor intent violations.
Rumsfeld's Rules for PhilanthropyJul 13, 2021
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 PandemicJul 12, 2021
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 ReformJul 09, 2021
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 UnconstitutionalJul 07, 2021
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 FourthJul 02, 2021
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 excludeJul 02, 2021
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 PrivacyJul 01, 2021
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 RealityJun 30, 2021
New research suggests Americans may be way less polarized than they think.
Are Biblical Values Republican? IRS Says YesJun 29, 2021
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 2020Jun 29, 2021
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 forJun 25, 2021
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 CaseJun 23, 2021
The government cannot pursue the laudable cause of equality by advancing discriminatory practices.
True Diversity: Celebrating the Rich Identities that Make Us Each UniqueJun 23, 2021
The future of philanthropy will be brighter if we allow a diversity of ideas and causes to be pursued.
Philanthropy and EmancipationJun 18, 2021
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 WayJun 18, 2021
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 DearJun 17, 2021
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 ActJun 17, 2021
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 NeedJun 14, 2021
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 GivingJun 09, 2021
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 IndependenceJun 08, 2021
Cash accounts for life expenses with state oversight can help at-risk teens avoid bad outcomes.
“(Just Like) Starting Over” at the Gates FoundationJun 07, 2021
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 ReformJun 04, 2021
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 FoundationsJun 03, 2021
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 CommunityJun 03, 2021
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 HoukMay 28, 2021
“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?May 26, 2021
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 GivingMay 21, 2021
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 VehiclesMay 19, 2021
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 PrinciplesMay 17, 2021
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 RightMay 17, 2021
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 RoundtableMay 14, 2021
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 RoundtableMay 11, 2021
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 RosenwaldMay 11, 2021
While the Rosenwald name is not well remembered, the legacy of his remarkable career endures.
Free to Give: Meet Nita ShahMay 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 RightsMay 10, 2021
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 DiversityMay 06, 2021
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?May 06, 2021
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 WayMay 05, 2021
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 PandemicMay 03, 2021
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 DunkApr 29, 2021
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. BontaApr 28, 2021
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.Apr 28, 2021
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 GivingApr 26, 2021
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. RodriquezApr 22, 2021
The stakes of this case are high and the implications wide-reaching.
Arizona Passes Law to Provide Lawyers for Abused and Abandoned ChildrenApr 22, 2021
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 FlowersApr 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 WealthApr 20, 2021
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?Apr 20, 2021
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?Apr 19, 2021
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 DivisionApr 19, 2021
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 MoneyApr 15, 2021
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 ThompsonApr 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-OrdoverApr 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?Apr 08, 2021
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 BlacksApr 08, 2021
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 WalkerApr 07, 2021
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?Apr 06, 2021
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?Apr 05, 2021
Transitioning to a hybrid-model or fully reopening schools seems more possible than ever.
Equip Students to Separate Facts from FictionApr 05, 2021
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 VoteMar 31, 2021
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 IntrusionMar 30, 2021
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 CurriculumMar 30, 2021
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?Mar 29, 2021
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?”Mar 29, 2021
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 CommunitiesMar 25, 2021
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 OfMar 25, 2021
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?Mar 24, 2021
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 AmericansMar 24, 2021
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 CampusMar 24, 2021
According to a recent survey, students are increasingly reluctant to discuss controversial topics on campus.
Free to Give: Meet Maureen HackettMar 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 RomfoMar 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 DayMar 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 BeckMar 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?Mar 22, 2021
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 PayoutMar 22, 2021
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 CrimeMar 19, 2021
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 LibrariesMar 18, 2021
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'Mar 16, 2021
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 PhilanthropyMar 12, 2021
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 SwoopMar 11, 2021
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 EconomyMar 11, 2021
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’ GivingMar 09, 2021
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?Mar 08, 2021
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 DocketMar 05, 2021
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 PrivacyMar 03, 2021
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?” PodcastMar 03, 2021
“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 PrivacyMar 02, 2021
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 ComeMar 02, 2021
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 NeedMar 01, 2021
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?Feb 26, 2021
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 2020Feb 23, 2021
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 communityFeb 22, 2021
Since nation’s founding, Black people have organized to meet needs of their fellow citizens.
Taking Sides in Union Disputes: The President Fired MeFeb 17, 2021
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 DoFeb 16, 2021
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-SidedFeb 16, 2021
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 CongressFeb 16, 2021
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 PrivatelyFeb 16, 2021
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 SchoolsFeb 12, 2021
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 GivingFeb 11, 2021
Study reports DAFs may hold more than $5 billion in appreciated assets
From Talk to Specific Recommendations on Policing ReformsFeb 10, 2021
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 HubFeb 09, 2021
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 PrizeFeb 09, 2021
$200,000 award to go to honored philanthropist’s charity of choice
Donor Privacy: A Civil Rights Lesson Democrats Should RememberFeb 04, 2021
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 FundsFeb 04, 2021
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 LevelFeb 03, 2021
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 PhilanthropyFeb 01, 2021
Updates about important behind-the-scenes developments that could potentially impact philanthropic freedom and excellence.
Chris Young from ‘The Vanishing Trial’ Is Finally FreedJan 28, 2021
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 GivingJan 27, 2021
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?Jan 26, 2021
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!Jan 25, 2021
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 2021Jan 25, 2021
The Philanthropy Roundtable’s mission is more important today than ever.
Teaching Doctors VirtueJan 22, 2021
A medical expert explains the need for more virtue education in medical schools.
Worth Watching: Defending the Freedom to Give in 2021Jan 21, 2021
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 AmericaJan 21, 2021
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?Jan 18, 2021
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 SpeechJan 14, 2021
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 MandatesJan 14, 2021
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 AmericaJan 13, 2021
What is philanthropy's equivalent of cancel culture? Howard Husock explains in FOXBusiness.
Why Charter Schools Deserve Another Look from PhilanthropyJan 11, 2021
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 PrecedentJan 11, 2021
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 PandemicJan 06, 2021
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 PhilanthropyJan 04, 2021
Last month, Congress came together to pay homage to the incredible philanthropic legacy of Julius Rosenwald.
Why Philanthropy Was Critical to Developing COVID-19 VaccinesJan 03, 2021
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?Dec 31, 2020
America is more charitable, dollar for dollar, than any other country. Let's keep it that way.
The Power of Private GivingDec 24, 2020
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 SocietyDec 23, 2020
What is the relationship between philanthropy and civil society? Howard Husock asks Charles Koch and Brian Hooks.
Worth Watching: A Discussion About Our Common ValuesDec 22, 2020
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 QuotasDec 17, 2020
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 BoostDec 16, 2020
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 FewDec 15, 2020
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 PrivacyDec 15, 2020
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 RescueDec 11, 2020
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 PandemicDec 09, 2020
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 SecurityDec 08, 2020
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-19Dec 07, 2020
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?’Dec 07, 2020
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 FreedomDec 07, 2020
Last week, we lost a champion of economic freedom and an institution in the free-market community, Walter E. Williams.
The Identity Politics Policy PortfolioDec 07, 2020
We should scrutinize what policymakers and administrators would do either to repudiate or exacerbate identity politics.
Donor Intent at the Chan Zuckerberg InitiativeDec 04, 2020
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 WellDec 04, 2020
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 FutureDec 04, 2020
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'Dec 04, 2020
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 ProposalDec 01, 2020
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 ImpactDec 01, 2020
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 FightNov 30, 2020
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 TwoNov 24, 2020
John Tyler talks donor-advised funds and giving for the long-term.
Two Experts Discuss: Does Philanthropy Have a Race Problem?Nov 24, 2020
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 AgendaNov 23, 2020
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 OneNov 23, 2020
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 LeadershipNov 20, 2020
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 AmendmentNov 18, 2020
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 WalkerNov 17, 2020
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?Nov 16, 2020
John Legend picked an online fight with Mark Cuban over the subject of philanthropy, of all things. Who won?
Changing the Narrative About VeteransNov 13, 2020
Veterans can be powerful civic assets, but only if they are equipped and deployed to fill those roles.
Security Threats? Donor Privacy MattersNov 13, 2020
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 PhilanthropyNov 12, 2020
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 GivingNov 12, 2020
Elise Westhoff explains how a Biden administration could change philanthropy.
A Win in California! Prop 16 Goes DownNov 10, 2020
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 DonorsNov 09, 2020
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 GivingNov 06, 2020
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 BillionNov 06, 2020
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 ImpactNov 05, 2020
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 YetNov 04, 2020
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 PhilanthropyNov 03, 2020
Helpful news for individuals, families, and foundation boards engaged in time-horizon conversations.
Good to Know! Proposals Calling for Regulation of the Philanthropy SectorNov 02, 2020
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 ScholarsNov 02, 2020
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 AchievementOct 30, 2020
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 MoreOct 29, 2020
Two thought leaders share their perspectives on some complex questions surrounding the role of free speech.
Is Our Constitution Color-Blind?Oct 28, 2020
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 HandsOct 28, 2020
The New York-based nonprofit delivers food, and connection, to vulnerable populations during the pandemic.
Donor-Advised Funds Are Important Tools for Private Foundation GrantmakingOct 27, 2020
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 PrivacyOct 26, 2020
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.Oct 26, 2020
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 CareOct 26, 2020
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 DisappearOct 26, 2020
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-MeritOct 23, 2020
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 HealthOct 14, 2020
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 FreedomOct 09, 2020
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 PartlyOct 09, 2020
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 MoreOct 08, 2020
It is going to take litigation to challenge this unconstitutional California law.
Community Colleges are Getting Students Back to WorkOct 08, 2020
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?Oct 07, 2020
When free speech grows rarer on so many campuses, how are donors to respond?
The 1776 Commission: A Brief Guide for the PerplexedOct 07, 2020
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 IntentOct 05, 2020
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 FoundationsOct 05, 2020
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 FamiliesOct 01, 2020
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 MattersOct 01, 2020
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 SeeSep 25, 2020
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 CircuitSep 18, 2020
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 DollarsSep 16, 2020
“Critics claim that DAFs unduly postpone funds needed by charities, but the vehicle offers many benefits that may outweigh its costs.”
Racism at the Human Rights CommissionSep 08, 2020
One of the Best Ways to Protect Private GivingSep 08, 2020
How a New Fund Helps Parents Teach Their ChildrenAug 24, 2020
A recently launched experiment supports parents in educating their own kids—during distance learning or otherwise.
Replacing Violence with CommunityAug 21, 2020
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 RestartAug 18, 2020
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 GivingAug 11, 2020
A majority of donors plan to keep giving to religious causes—despite covid-19.
Ignorance, Anarchy, Even DissolutionJul 21, 2020
Philanthropy recently spoke with Jonathan Greenberg of the Jack Miller Family Foundation about mobs tearing down statues and how donors can fund civics education.
A Victory for School ChoiceJul 13, 2020
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 DefenseJul 11, 2020
A RealClearPolitics spinoff from the Spring 2020 issue of Philanthropy magazine.
Strengthening Catholic SchoolsJun 29, 2020
Partnership Schools, an innovative network of Catholic educators, expands to Cleveland.
Americans’ Extraordinary Response in Time of Crisis: GivingJun 26, 2020
A spinoff in The Hill from the forthcoming Spring 2020 issue of Philanthropy magazine.
Great Gifts of Health From U.S. DonorsJun 23, 2020
A RealClearPolitics spinoff from the forthcoming Summer 2020 issue of Philanthropy magazine.
The State of Charitable GivingJun 22, 2020
Philanthropic giving boomed in 2019. What will the future bring?
Boosts for Small BusinessJun 19, 2020
Donors big and small are helping mom and pop stay open.
A New Way for Churches to Serve HospitalsJun 16, 2020
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 HungryJun 12, 2020
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 ReportingJun 08, 2020
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 LocalMay 29, 2020
Leo Linbeck on covid and its consequences.
Artist ReliefMay 22, 2020
A new fund provides crisis aid to artists in need.
Blood and GenerosityMay 20, 2020
Meet a ten-gallon donor.
Interview with Steve MooreMay 15, 2020
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 CoronavirusMay 13, 2020
Dr. Tony Atala—an international leader in the field of regenerative medicine, which creates tissues that can replace failing body parts—discusses covid-19.