The Philanthropy Roundtable Blog
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.