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  • Call of the Wild

    April 2016

    Naomi Schaefer Riley

    A marriage of market-based conversation and treetop acrobatics helps kids succeed in school. 

  • The Passion and Pitfalls of Giving to College Sports

    April 2016

    John Feinstein

    Boone Pickens, Phil Knight, Kevin Plank, and many other donors are putting big bucks into college athletics. What are they getting in return?

  • How Philanthropy Fuels American Success

    January 2016

    Karl Zinsmeister

    This exclusive excerpt from The Almanac of American Philanthropy details how America's deep culture of private giving keeps our nation thriving. 

  • Madisonian, and Not Going to Take It Any More!

    October 2015

    Scott Walter

    By the standards of the $9 billion William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, its Madison Initiative is not (yet) a large project. But Larry Kramer, president since 2012, has been aiming toward something like it for many years.

  • Higher Ed, Lower Costs

    October 2015

    Anne Snyder

    An e-learning entrepreneur brings cut-rate practical degrees to far-flung corners of the world. 

  • Going for Broke

    October 2015

    Joanne Florino

    How foundations sunset, and the reasons it’s becoming popular. 

  • Laying Foundations for Change

    October 2015

    Who says bricks-and-mortar philanthropy isn’t effective?

  • Asking Tough Questions

    October 2015

    Ashley May

    The William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership honors David Weekley: homebuilder, charity-grower, and hard-nosed inquisitor

  • Home, Land, Security

    October 2015

    Adam Sawyer

    Pierre Omidyar discovers that property rights are the key to helping the poor. 

  • War, Peace, Philanthropy

    July 2015

    James Carafano

    Following U.S. forces and State Department officers into some of the toughest areas of the world, Spirit of America delivers private assistance intended to complement their work and advance U.S. interests.

  • From Big Success to Local Succor

    July 2015

    Carrie Besnette Hauser, Walter Isaacson

    How one donor found satisfaction in helping a unique community. 

  • Labeled Disabled

    July 2015

    Cheryl Miller, Thomas Meyer

    A government system rates veterans as incapable, but philanthropy can change that. 

  • Just What the Doctor Ordered

    July 2015

    Justin Torres

    Purpose-driven organizations help veterans transition to civilian life. 

  • Changing of the Guard

    July 2015

    Timothy Carney

    Where are the old-line veterans’ charities headed?

  • Madison Avenue Mercies

    April 2015

    Nicholas Kristof , Sheryl WuDunn

    The virtues of advertising, overhead, and other wicked ways of doing good.

  • Giving Made Easy

    April 2015

    Joanne Florino

    Donor-advised funds are bringing new convenience to philanthropy.

  • Stronger Together

    April 2015

    Evan Sparks

    Donors are increasingly using expert intermediaries to bundle and target their giving.

  • A New Way to Serve

    April 2015

    Ashley May

    Venture for America is bringing entrepreneurial vim and vigor to unexpected corners of our country.

  • Micro Lending, Major Impact

    April 2015

    Marques Chavez

    How the maker of SweetTARTS is combining friendship and capital in one tangy dose.

  • Alms Alchemy

    April 2015

    Liz Essley Whyte

    The National Christian Foundation’s ability to turn unusual contributions to gold is creating a new trove of generosity.