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Let’s Get Technical: Education that Puts America to Work

The conversation around the role in education for preparing students for the workforce has broadened over the years to include new, creative, and most importantly, effective options. Technical and trade education have demonstrated success when it comes to changing the trajectory of students from challenged communities for whom traditional college is not the right option. We learned about three very different approaches to technical and trade skills education. We heard from the president of a very unique college in Pennsylvania where employers compete to hire their graduates, got a glimpse into the encouraging results from a public high school program in Connecticut leading to both higher earnings and higher test scores, and saw how a foundation is supporting a skilled trades education through prizes and other innovative means. Our panelists are people committed to the success of the next generation—and meeting our workforce needs.

Protecting Our Individual Rights: What Should the Supreme Court Weigh In On?

Pacific Legal Foundation President and CEO Steven Anderson and Institute for Justice President and CEO Scott Bullock joined the Roundtable's Debi Ghate to discuss the compelling cases their organizations have brought to the Supreme Court and the unique ways in which they're fighting to preserve liberty.

Reducing Polarization: What Is Philanthropy’s Role?

The rise of political polarization and resulting incivility and intolerance have emerged as threats to American democracy. Philanthropic donors have taken note—and taken steps to ameliorate these ills. The Philanthropy Roundtable hosted the founders of three philanthropically supported groups with distinct approaches to reducing polarization. David Isay, the founder of StoryCorps, is applying that group's well-established personal storytelling method to bridge interpersonal divides; Jonathan Haidt, the founder of Heterodox Academy, is working to introduce and sustain civil dialogue in academia; and David Blankenhorn, founder of Braver Angels, is encouraging a wider range of public voices to counter an uncivil fringe. Roundtable Executive Senior Fellow Howard Husock moderated a discussion among them, discussing their distinct approaches and how they convinced donors to get involved.

What Are We Doing About Our Culture? McWhorter, Strossen and Shibley Are Back

The Philanthropy Roundtable brought John McWhorter (Columbia University), Nadine Strossen (New York Law School) and Robert Shibley (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) back by popular demand! Each of them had signed a different statement in 2020 expressing concerns about the consequences of silencing opposing or unpopular views. In a conversation with Debi Ghate, the Roundtable’s Vice President of Strategy and Programs, they discussed the commonalities and differences, the nuances and complexities of the Harpers’ Letter, the Philadelphia Statement and the Liberty and Justice for All Statement. This time, we heard how their thinking has evolved since our last discussion, and how they are working to improve the issues we discussed.

The Storytelling Gap: How Can the Liberty Movement Compete in Culture (and Win)

For more than 50 years, the Left has owned popular culture, influencing the hearts and minds of American consumers through film, television, and media programs that advance a progressive agenda. The result? An America that now stands on the brink of embracing socialism and rejecting our founding principles; an America where people who express support for liberty, opportunity, and personal responsibility are threatened, ostracized, and “canceled.” How can the liberty movement flip the script, tell better stories, and truly compete in culture?

Inspiring Stories: Medical Students in Their Communities

How does civil society work? By having the strong communities that are critical for a flourishing, free society. One group that is quietly contributing to the overall flourishing of their communities is medical students. It turns out that medical students are providing many effective and essential services while they learn their profession. We heard from these talented and hard-working students themselves, and learned about how the Kern National Network for Caring and Character in Medicine (KNN) works with and alongside medical school students to foster caring and character in the profession of medicine—resulting in entrepreneurial contributions to human flourishing even before learners receive their MDs.

What if...? Progressive, Libertarian and Conservative Takes on the US Constitution

Three teams took a fresh look at our Constitution; these represented liberal, libertarian and conservative intellectuals with deep legal expertise.

Chris Young from ‘The Vanishing Trial’ Is Finally Freed

There are many, many cases where people remain in prison because their Sixth Amendment rights were not protected.

State of The Roundtable

President and CEO Elise Westhoff shared her vision for how the Roundtable will lead the charge in protecting philanthropic freedom and empowering America’s philanthropists to advance liberty, opportunity, and personal responsibility at this critical time.

Defending the Freedom to Give in 2021

As 2020 draws to a close, generous donors are under attack from those who would mandate how and when they support the causes they care about and those who would threaten their safety by forcing the public disclosure of their charitable gifts. How will philanthropic freedom fare under a new administration and a changed Congress? Join our experts for a lively conversation as they explain and assess the threats to charitable giving in a period of continued crisis.

Building the Ladder to True Upward Mobility

Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, economic and regional shifts prompted questions as to whether current postsecondary opportunities—four-year college degrees or otherwise—align with careers that create true upward mobility. How can donors decode employer demands and skillsets that ultimately translate to students gaining real work experience and credentialing from relevant learning models? What are the on-ramp programs and skillsets that donors can help open to students, particularly when they are still at the secondary level of their education? In this session, panelists addressed these questions and more to spotlight how to build the ladder to true upward mobility.

Philanthropic Best Practices Developing a Grant Agreement, What to Leave in, What to Leave out

No matter the nature or size of your grants, it’s essential to have a thorough grant agreement in place. Some grant agreements may need to be more complex than others, but all such documents must provide both donor and grantee a clear understanding of expectations, restrictions, payment schedules, and reporting requirements. This session brought together a seasoned grantmaker, a philanthropy-savvy attorney, and a CPA well-versed in the changing rules of nonprofit accounting to guide you in developing the best format(s) for your philanthropy.

Pandemics and Other Dangers Across Borders: U.S. Foreign Policy in Crisis

With the tremendous stress and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, why should Americans pay attention to foreign policy? History has taught us that pandemics create vulnerabilities in national security. During this session, experts explained the current state of national security through the lens of the pandemic, where the nation should go from here, and what citizens should be prepared for.

Future of Education Post 2020 Election

Philanthropy plays a critical role in improving educational opportunities for children across the country. Donors have supported innovative school models, choice, policy, talent development, and parent engagement. Given the 2020 political climate, what do donors need to know about the federal, state, and local landscape as they consider how to advance student-centered education opportunities in the new year? A thought-provoking conversation with experts from 50CAN, the American Federation for Children, and ExcelinEd, who offered their insights as we look ahead to 2021.

An American Response to COVID-19: Politics, Economics and Health

Besides the historic number of votes cast, election day was notable for another reason: a record spike in COVID cases. Nine months into the crisis, our hospitals and communities are still embattled. Working furiously behind the scenes are the scientists and companies that will lead the world out of COVID. While the novel coronavirus has created a great deal of pain and misery, it has also opened up a fast lane for scientific discovery, innovation and collaboration unlike any the world has seen. Philanthropy has already stepped up and will need to play an even bigger role in spurring our public health, regulatory and health system response.

COVID-19 and Liberty From Emergency Authorizations to Permanent Reform: Healthcare after COVID-19

For years, policymakers have focused on the supply of health insurance while ignoring the root problem: the supply of health care. Government regulations that limit health care mobility and crony protectionist policies have distorted the market and stifled the available supply of care. Many state and local laws limit the number of providers that can practice in a region, how many beds they can offer, and the equipment they can use. The COVID-19 crisis has intensified the ways such policies constrict demand and prevent patients from getting the care they need. Emergency measures have been passed to reform these policies in response to the crisis. This begs the question: why can’t reforms be made permanent?

Our Common Values: Three Different Versions?

As parts of the country erupted in protests and even riots this summer, many grappled with what to do with the state of our culture and nation. While some responded by lashing out through cancel culture and shaming, others came together to issue joint statements signed by peers who agreed it was time to self-reflect and find a better path forward.

Protecting Donor Intent in Higher Education Grantmaking

Higher education can be among the most rewarding and meaningful areas for one's donor dollars, yet it is the most challenging sector for donor intent and grant compliance. Unless one is careful, college and university administrations may ignore, creatively interpret, disregard, or directly violate your donor intent. In 2001, Michael Moritz and Ohio State University entered into an endowment agreement under which Michael provided $30.3 million designated for 30 full scholarships to law students each year in perpetuity. Nine months later, Michael was killed by a hit-and-run driver. OSU never provided the 30 annual scholarships, but rather spent the endowment dollars on salaries and expenses to entertain wealthy alumni. Now Jeffrey Moritz is trying to find a way to enforce the endowment agreement between OSU and his father. He moved the probate court to reopen Michael’s estate for that purpose. He sued no one, but OSU and the Ohio Attorney General suddenly appeared at a hearing to oppose reopening the estate, and three years of litigation ensued. The result: The probate court declined to reopen the estate, and the court of appeals affirmed. Jeffrey is deciding whether to seek review in the Ohio Supreme Court.

Why Urban America Matters Race Opportunity and the American Future

With all of the attention on the protests and chaos in American cities post-George Floyd, many are thinking about whether our urban areas have become lost causes. In this session, Reihan Salam and Tim Carney discussed what it will take to reinvigorate America’s cities, stop the mass outflow of people to more rural areas and truly ensure that all groups, including newcomers and those of minority communities, have an opportunity to thrive.

The Election and Implications for the Pro-freedom Agenda

We are beginning to have more clarity as to what the new political landscape will be for the next few years. Even though questions remain and the effects of transition will take time to unfold, we can expect that there may need to be a shift in the short-term priorities of those working to increase liberty and opportunity.

Donor Privacy on the Move

Donor privacy is a fundamental of philanthropic freedom, protecting the right of those who choose to give anonymously to do so without fear of harassment. In 2020, 15 states considered legislation that would threaten such privacy. On the other side, seven states advanced donor privacy protections this year, with four of them enacting them into law. A broad coalition of groups spanning the ideological spectrum have been working to oppose bills that would undermine donor privacy and have contributed to significant legislative and judicial victories. In this session, attendees heard from legislative experts about the latest updates in donor privacy protection.

Communities Need Veterans. Veterans Need Communities

Drawing on his best-selling book Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive and Others Collapse, Tim Carney offered some thoughts on how veterans fit into the contemporary American social landscape, suggesting ways that communities can be more welcoming for those who have served, how veterans can use their skills to revitalize communities across the country, and how philanthropy can help.

Veterans as Civic Leaders

In recent years, new veterans organizations have been established to connect veterans to opportunities for civic engagement, defined as continued service to the community and the country. The organizations featured here each do this in different ways. This panel highlighted their work and suggested ways that funders could promote veterans as civic assets through their giving.

Veterans as Civic Educators

Recent efforts to revive robust civic education should consider veterans as a collective asset and resource. This panel will explore how that can be accomplished and what funders can do to help, highlighting two organizations that are actively working to engage veterans in civic education.

The Time to Stand and Speak

The Atlas Network's 2020 Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner: On Wednesday, November 11, Roundtable President and CEO Elise Westhoff delivered an opening address titled "The Time to Stand and Speak."

Reframing the Veterans’ Narrative

For too long, the narrative around veterans has primarily centered around viewing them as “damaged goods,” victimized by their service rather than assets to the country. This image has persisted, despite evidence showing that veterans tend to do better than their non-veteran peers on a range of indicators, once given opportunities. At the same time, there has been a widely recognized crisis in civic education and civic engagement in the U.S., one which veterans are uniquely equipped to address. The Roundtable’s Brandon Millet offered some thoughts on how changing the narrative around veterans can help them while also addressing the crisis in civic education and engagement, and what philanthropy can do to help tell that story.

Battlegrounds, Defending Democracy through Principled Foreign Policy

In this session, former National Security Advisor Lt. General H.R. McMaster illuminated the threats and oppositions to America’s security, prosperity, and influence from the Chinese Communist Party. He addressed what measures are being taken—and what more should be done—to defend our democracy against these threats.

Leading With Courage

Courage. This is something leaders find themselves needing to draw upon every day, regardless of the type of organization or effort they are leading. Everyone looks to leaders for guidance, answers, and what to emulate—whether it’s at a corporation, in thought leadership, or when fighting against an evil ideology. What does it take to lead with courage? Where do these leaders find that in themselves? How do they keep going when it looks and feels like the world is against them? Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Ian Rowe, two important scholars who have taken on unpopular and difficult issues and faced the opposition head on, joined Vivek Ramaswamy to explore these issues. The session was moderated by The Philanthropy Roundtable President and CEO Elise Westhoff.

Free Speech on Campus: The Role of the University and Its Leadership

University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer has been a visionary leader within the higher education space, working with his faculty and administration to establish the university’s Chicago Principles of Free Expression. These principles, which focus on what the role of a university should be, have been endorsed and/or adopted by more than 80 universities nationwide. In a special conversation with Cason Carter, Zimmer discussed the relationship between free speech and open inquiry, its relationship to the First Amendment, and how his principled leadership has led to a thriving academic culture on the University of Chicago’s campus. At a time when many questions are being asked about the value of the university, Zimmer’s example provides a model for university leaders across the country.

Investing in Nonprofit Leadership

The Foellinger Foundation of Fort Wayne, Indiana supports nonprofit organizations in Allen County with the goal of encouraging a community of self-reliant citizens. A key ingredient in the foundation’s strategy is a suite of programs designed to strengthen its place-based giving by developing and enhancing the leadership skills of nonprofit staff and board members. This webinar will begin with an interview of former Foellinger Foundation President and current Board Member Cheryl Taylor, conducted by Joanne Florino of The Philanthropy Roundtable. Following the interview, participants will join breakout sessions to discuss Foellinger’s work and how they might apply lessons-learned to their own circumstances. Nonprofits across the country are facing many challenges, and we all benefit when those organizations are led by an adaptive board and key staff members who promote self-reliance and build community.

1619 vs. 1776: When Was America Founded?

By most accounts, America was founded in 1776 when the Founding Fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence. More recently, The New York Times Magazine launched an initiative known as the 1619 Project, aiming to redefine America’s birth as being 1619, when the first slave ship arrived on American shores. Which is it: 1619 or 1776? Professor Leslie Harris outlined the 1619 Project’s positions and shed light on misunderstandings about slavery in traditional teachings of American history. On the other side of this debate, Professor John McWhorter introduced the 1776 Unites campaign, which maintains 1776 as America’s true founding date, upholding America’s founding principles and challenging assertions that the nation is permanently scarred by its past sins. Moderated by The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf, this lively conversation explored if the legacy of slavery or the nation’s Declaration of Independence is what truly defines America.

The Very Latest on Free Speech: The Newest Numbers Tell All…

For years, groups such as the Knight Foundation and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) have been discussing the First Amendment. Agreement with the First Amendment, a unique American principle, has been wavering among younger people. In response, many organizations, along with Knight and FIRE, have focused on education around free speech and have worked to create many fora for debate and discussion. Have things been changing due to these collaborative efforts? What are the range of views on what it means to protect free speech? Have things improved on various fronts? Are there new areas of concern those of us who are committed to protecting the First Amendment should be aware of? Just what do the latest survey results tell us about the state of free speech?

The Vanishing Trial: An Honest, Personal Conversation

The Sixth Amendment of our Constitution guarantees that “in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial.” Yet today we are witnessing a baffling combination of mass incarceration and fewer criminal trials. What is happening to our constitutionally protected right to trial? “The Vanishing Trial” explains in vivid terms the consequences of the erosion of the Sixth Amendment. Unearthing the direct experiences of people in four different cases, this short documentary spotlights the difficult decisions faced in the pre-trial period and the harsh consequences that can follow.

Getting Back to Work: Strategies to Build the Ecosystem

With today’s unemployment rate at 8.4% and 13.2 million people out of work, many displaced workers must find their way to new jobs and entirely new industry sectors and positions. As work, economic opportunity, and personal responsibility are critical to our free society, people need to be redeployed immediately without waiting for the government to help. Making the connection between a worker’s existing capabilities and a new role will require a match between an individual’s work history and the requirements of the new job. This is a challenge for low-wage earners who face gaps in access to social capital. Community colleges are playing a unique role in this ecosystem at this moment. They provide just-in-time training, upskilling, and reskilling certifications and credentials that are accessible and affordable, and a career pathway that can lead from an entry level job to a career position.

Civil Society Solutions to Diseases of Despair

The onset of COVID-19 has exacerbated a modern epidemic of diseases of despair such as anxiety, depression, and addiction. Deaths of despair doubled over the past 15 years, and if left unchecked are predicted to double again in the next decade. COVID has only increased rates at which people are overdosing and contemplating suicide. Complicating this picture, social distancing has made it harder for traditional civil society institutions to intervene. Harder, but not impossible.

Shutdown, Unemployment, and Diseases of Despair

Economic shutdowns due to COVID-19 have led to historic unemployment rates. Unemployment rose higher in just three months of the pandemic than it did in two years of the Great Recession. More than a third of employees furloughed in March have been laid off for good. COVID-19 has also intensified already grim statistics in America on deaths of despair. Based on recent CDC numbers, COVID has tripled and quadrupled our anxiety and depression levels and doubled the number of people seriously considering suicide. The most likely cause? The economic downturn. Unemployment has always been linked to increases in anxiety, depression, addiction, and suicide.

Philanthropy and Elections: Free and Fair?

Just how free and fair are our elections? Philanthropy is playing an increasingly influential role in our election processes—not only in terms of political ideas, but also the very means by which we exercise our right to vote. Join us to learn more about some surprising new ways that philanthropy has become a main driver behind the loudest issues surrounding elections today: voter registration and turnout, voting by mail, and fraud—issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Votes for Women!”: Why the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment Matters

It took from 1878 to August 18, 1920 for the Constitution’s 19th Amendment to be ratified. Join us as we celebrate this important milestone in American history. How are we teaching today’s young people about the story of the 19th Amendment and the challenges faced by the women’s suffrage movement in pursuit of its goals? What can we learn from this long-fought battle for equality that helps us understand how to strengthen our free society today?

Memorials, Monuments, and Philanthropy in a Time of Crisis

In the wake of recent social unrest, numerous reports of vandalism and destruction of monuments and memorials—including veterans’ monuments and war memorials—have regularly appeared in the news. This has sparked a robust public debate around the question of which monuments should remain and which should be removed. As civic art becomes a flash point in our national conversation, how should the philanthropic sector respond? What are the social, cultural, and legal implications of building, maintaining, and removing monuments and memorials? What criteria should donors use to determine which monuments and memorials to fund?

A Primer for Funders: Policing Reform in 2020

“Defund the police!” “Abolish the police!” These calls are being shouted all over the country in a wave of protests and tension since the death of George Floyd. But these calls for police reform are not new. For decades, activists have called for change. What is different in 2020? Why are the voices are getting stronger and higher in number? Most importantly, how do we cut through the noise and rhetoric to identify which strategies will help improve both policing and community safety within the American constitutional system?

How to Engage Other Viewpoints and Opinions in Today's Environment

As our nation grapples with issues on race, protests and activism have reached a fever pitch. Slogans such as "Silence is violence" and "I'm listening" seem to be at odds with one another and conversations with those we might disagree with have felt more strained and challenging – or perhaps aren't happening at all for fear of misstepping. Join this webinar to hear an honest and candid take from two leading experts on the problems we are facing with regards to race, how we can all effectively engage with people with a different point of view, and how philanthropy can be helpful during this crucial time.

The COVID-19 Pivot: From Emergency Authorizations to Permanent Deregulation

For years, policymakers have focused on access to health insurance, despite the fact that many more systemic issues limit supply. State and local laws limit how many health providers can practice in a region, how many beds they can offer, and the equipment they can use. The rapid spread of COVID-19 has laid bare the way these policies limit access to care and inflate costs. Emergency measures have been passed to ease these constraints—around telemedicine, licensing, certificate of need, and scope of practice. This begs the question: why can’t these reforms be made permanent?

The Gates Foundation’s Investments in COVID Testing, Therapeutics, and Vaccines

In 2010, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched an initiative to eradicate preventable diseases through the discovery, development, and delivery of vaccines worldwide. This leadership prepared the Foundation to respond boldly and immediately to the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, the Foundation has committed $250 million to accelerate the development of COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines and to make them available throughout the world. Its investments include $75 million to create the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator (which which was founded with another $75M from Wellcome Trust and Mastercard, and which is now bundling investments from additional philanthropists. The Gates Foundation also rapidly established the Combating COVID-19 Fund within the foundation’s public charity, Gates Philanthropy Partners, which pools donations from other funders to fast track R&D for diagnostics and vaccines. Join us to hear about the Gates Foundation’s COVID-19 strategy and what it is learning.

Government, Business, & Civil Society: Who should do what?

A 23-minute talk by Karl Zinsmeister comparing the three major sectors that solve social problems in the U.S.—with a particular look at the advantages philanthropy has when it comes to delivering hard results.

Emergency Support for Small Businesses

During this crisis, many small businesses and startups have experienced significant challenges securing funds through the Small Business Administration/Paycheck Protection Program. Some entrepreneurs lack a banking relationship and others have simply applied too late. It is critical to see these businesses survive this time and be positioned for the recovery.

Balancing Donor Intent with Crisis Grantmaking

How do foundations committed to honoring donor intent respond to unexpected emergencies that threaten the people and communities they serve? What considerations go into their decisions around the focus of their grantmaking, their internal operations, and their short- and long-term payout?

Children's Mental Health

The challenges that COVID-19 is creating for our nation’s children and families cannot be understated, and we know that pediatric mental health needs are increasing due to growing, sometimes toxic, stresses on them and their families due to social distancing, virtual schooling, and increasing rates of domestic violence and child abuse.

Computer Science During COVID-19

As students, families, and teachers come up with creative solutions to address the sudden transition to full-time distance learning, there are a number of ways donors can support student learning. Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO, joined us on Thurs, Apr. 30 to discuss how Code.org is effectively meeting students where they are and helping them access computer science coursework amid nationwide school closures. Drawing on Code.org user data and years of bringing computer science into the mainstream, Hadi will address key questions that are top of mind for any donor during the COVID-19 pandemic on rethinking the future of classrooms, equity, and workforce preparedness.

Emergency Cash Grants

During this crisis, there is a desire to get cash into as many hands as possible in order to help individuals and families with immediate expenses such as rent, utilities, food, healthcare, and transportation. Very often, this cash helps the individual or family through a short-term challenge and keeps them from becoming homeless or hungry and upending their life. In the past five weeks, hundreds of emergency funds have been established in cities across the country to meet these needs.

How Team Rubicon is Deploying Veterans at Home

Jake Wood, CEO of Team Rubicon, talks about how veterans are serving as important community assets during this time of need.

Legislative Update

The Philanthropy Roundtable held a webinar on the response bills on Friday, March 27th. WEBINAR CLARIFICATION: Nonprofits with 500 employees or fewer are eligible for the emergency small business loans and economic injury disaster loans, for which organizations can receive $10,000 in three days. Both can be forgiven. Nonprofits with more than 500 employees are eligible for mid-sized business loans, but those loans are not eligible for forgiveness.

How Philanthropy Fuels American Success

A recent talk to a national group of advisers by the Roundtable's Karl Zinsmeister, author of The Almanac of American Philanthropy—in which he discusses the national power, and personal satisfactions, of private giving. This video features a half-hour talk, with ten minutes of questions at the end.

Health at The Philanthropy Roundtable

An overview of the Health program at The Philanthropy Roundtable.

The "Anti-Hate" Group That Is a Hate Group

The Southern Poverty Law Center bills itself as a watchdog of hate groups. But is this just a cover for its true aims? Journalist and author Karl Zinsmeister explains.

Philanthropy and Politics

Prominent philanthropists discuss with us how private action can improve our nation even if politics remains fractious, the advantages donors and volunteers have when it comes to succeeding at societal reform, and the dangers that philanthropy needs to watch out for. Featuring Betsy DeVos, Phil Anschutz, Bernie Marcus, Harris Rosen, Jack Miller, Jeff Sandefer, David Weekley, and others.

How Philanthropy Fuels America

A 34-minute version of Karl Zinsmeister’s popular illustrated talk on the power of private giving in shaping America. Live from the City Club of Cleveland.

Criticism #7: Do-gooding and capitalism are in conflict!

After a recent address sponsored by the Alliance for Charitable Reform and the Council on Foundations, Karl Zinsmeister was asked by moderator Dori Kreiger to respond to six common criticisms of philanthropic giving. Here is his brief answer to concerns that do-gooding and capitalism are in conflict.

Criticism #6: Philanthropy is sometimes too much about the donor!

After a recent address sponsored by the Alliance for Charitable Reform and the Council on Foundations, Karl Zinsmeister was asked by moderator Dori Kreiger to respond to six common criticisms of philanthropic giving. Here is his brief answer to concerns that giving is too much about the donor.

Criticism #4: Philanthropy is too amateurish to solve serious problems!

After a recent address sponsored by the Alliance for Charitable Reform and the Council on Foundations, Karl Zinsmeister was asked by moderator Dori Kreiger to respond to six common criticisms of philanthropic giving. Here is his brief answer to concerns that philanthropy cannot solve serious problems.

Criticism #5: Charitable aid lacks standardization!

After a recent address sponsored by the Alliance for Charitable Reform and the Council on Foundations, Karl Zinsmeister was asked by moderator Dori Kreiger to respond to six common criticisms of philanthropic giving. Here is his brief answer to concerns that charitable aid is missing standardization.

Criticism #3: Little givers can’t make any real difference!

After a recent address sponsored by the Alliance for Charitable Reform and the Council on Foundations, Karl Zinsmeister was asked by moderator Dori Kreiger to respond to six common criticisms of philanthropic giving. Here is his brief answer to concerns that little givers are insignificant.

Criticism #2: Charitable donations are just a drop in the bucket!

After a recent address sponsored by the Alliance for Charitable Reform and the Council on Foundations, Karl Zinsmeister was asked by moderator Dori Kreiger to respond to six common criticisms of philanthropic giving. Here is his brief answer to concerns that charitable donations are just a drop in the bigger bucket.

Criticism #1: Not enough of today’s giving goes to the poor!

After a recent address sponsored by the Alliance for Charitable Reform and the Council on Foundations, Karl Zinsmeister was asked by moderator Dori Kreiger to respond to six common criticisms of philanthropic giving. Here is his brief answer to concerns that more charity should be focused on the poor.