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  • The Art of Public-Policy Philanthropy: Fighting for School Reform

    April 2016

    Featuring Chester Finn, John Kirtley, Fred Klipsch, Betsy DeVos, and Thomas Carroll. 

  • Interview with Eva Moskowitz

    April 2016

    How this hard-charging leader of school reform accomplishes miracles.

  • The Memphis Approach to Attracting Great Teachers

    April 2016

    Pat Burke

    Teacher Town is part of a string of reforms to raise student achievement both in Memphis and statewide. 

  • Nonprofit Spotlight: Teaching Together

    January 2016

    Andrea Scott

    Teaching Together hires adults with cognitive disabilities as Catholic-school classroom aides. 

  • Briefly Noted

    January 2016

    A record gift to Catholic schools. Paul Allen continues to battle Ebola. Knights rescue the oppressed. A toy store for the homeless kids. Hamilton’s philanthropic roots. The 99 percent. A mini-interview with Purdue president and former governor Mitch Daniels. 

  • Interview with Carrie and John Morgridge

    January 2016

    These enthusiastic donors believe every gift matters. 

  • Books in Brief

    January 2016

    Pat Burke

    In her well-timed work The Prize, which takes an in-depth look at the battles in Newark over Mark Zuckerberg’s gift, veteran journalist Dale Russakoff offers her analysis. 

  • The Texas Miracle wasn’t just economic; it was philanthropic

    October 2015

    Ari Schulman

    Texas stereotypes may conjure up plains and cattle but, as in the rest of the country, most of Texas’s population and wealth resides in the cities. And those cities have recently become some of the most philanthropic places on earth.

  • Renaissance Ahead?

    October 2015

    Andy Smarick , Kelly Robson

    For 50 years, American K-12 Catholic education had been in a quiet retreat. Thousands of schools were shuttered. Enrollment plummeted by millions. Though heroic educators and generous donors stemmed the tide in many places, even creating exemplars of what was possible, forecasts were bleak. Education journals carried articles titled, “Can Catholic Schools Be Saved?”

  • Interview with Bruce Kovner

    October 2015

    Trading titan Bruce Kovner has focused his philanthropy on free-market think tanks, arts (especially music organizations), and school-reform advocacy. 

  • Briefly Noted

    October 2015

    Winds of change for charters. Science charity. Suing your alma mater. $100 million and a crowd. 

  • Juma Ventures

    April 2015

    Claire Sykes

    Combining work, school, and play with sports-stadium jobs that earn college tuition. 

  • More Than Just Academics

    April 2015

    Andy Smarick

    Some might view the decline of Catholic schools as a Catholic problem. In reality it is an urban education problem that should concern everyone. Catholic schools have power and potential beyond book learning.

  • Suing for Reform

    October 2014

    Ashley May

    An education donor went to court; will other givers and other causes follow? 

  • Don't Surrender the Academy

    October 2014

    Frederick Hess , Taryn Hochleitner

    To the chagrin of reformers, the way that it stands 'blowing up' our existing schools of education is just not a viable option: The case for donors to get involved with schools of education. 

  • Excellence in the Classroom

    July 2014

    Laura Vanderkam

    How can philanthropic investment help bring about a world where every child has a string of good teachers—not an occasional lucky assignment?

  • School Magic

    July 2014

    Dustin Petzold

    Since 1998, 139,000 students have had their life courses altered by the Children’s Scholarship Fund, a program created by donors. In her new book Opportunity and Hope, Naomi Schaefer Riley brings us the stories of ten of the students who benefited from this effort.

  • Briefly Noted

    April 2014

    Schools need better teaching, not more money: Bill Gates. Celebrity philanthropy fizz. Bureaucracy-ridden sluggards.

  • The Tough Road to Excellence

    January 2014

    Dustin Petzold

    What educators abroad have to teach American reformers: Reporter Amanda Ripley argues that the debate on education policy should transcend national boundaries, and that we may want to look to education innovators abroad for ideas and inspiration. 

  • Donating a Motive to Strive

    January 2014

    Carrie Besnette Hauser

    Colorado oilman Tim Marquez and wife Bernadette funnel kids to college with the Denver Scholarship Foundation.