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  • The Healing Power of Music

    July 2018

    Karl Paulnack

    It's not just a luxury   

  • Healing by the Book

    April 2018

    Susan Billington Harper

    A faith-based approach to helping victims recover from trauma

  • Blue-Collar Banking

    January 2018

    Evan Sparks

    Two hundred years ago, against governmental opposition, enterprising Americans created mutual savings vehicles to boost the working class.

  • Should Donors Invest in School Districts?

    October 2017

    Nithin Iyengar, Kate Lewis-LaMonica, Mike Perigo

    Charter-like deregulation might open a door for effective philanthropy on the district level

  • Don't Forget Rural Schools

    July 2017

    Andy Smarick

    Look outside cities for today's neediest classrooms

  • Rethinking Disability

    April 2017

    Thomas Meyer

    Donors launch an experiment that could spark seminal social reform

  • Good Giving from the Grave

    April 2017

    Doug White

    How donors and charities can plan wisely to avoid posthumous punch-ups

  • Succor, Not Salvation

    January 2017

    Susan Billington Harper

    Philanthropic rescues from a century ago point the way for humanitarians today

  • Seven Results of the Charter-School Revolution

    October 2016

    Chester Finn, Bruno Manno, Brandon Wright

    The most consequential developments after 25 years of charter schools. 

  • Good Blue-Collar News That Donors Can Use

    July 2016

    David Bass

    Investments in “middle-skill” jobs can open powerful paths to prosperity. 

  • Educating Entrepreneurs

    July 2016

    Bruce Gjovig, Timothy O'Keefe

    Want to increase prosperity by cultivating the next generation of wealth creators? Six things to consider. 

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

    April 2016

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

  • The Art of Public Policy Philanthropy: Donors Go to Court

    January 2016

    Seamus Hasson, Bill Mumma, Clint Bolick, Dick Weekley, and others share hard-won knowledge on how donor-funded litigation can improve our country.

  • Big Bets and the Aspiration Gap

    January 2016

    William Foster, Gail Perreault

    What accounts for the difference between what donors want to achieve and where they make their largest gifts? 

  • The Art of Public-Policy Philanthropy: The Battle of Ideas

    October 2015

    Featuring Kim Dennis, Gara LaMarche, Roger Hertog, and Chris DeMuth. 

  • 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?”

  • Policing Philanthropy?

    July 2015

    Joanne Florino

    In the Summer issue of Philanthropy magazine, Joanne Florino, The Philanthropy Roundtable's senior vice president for public policy, explains why a new federal bureau for investigating charity is a terrible idea. 

  • Why Work Is the Best Charity for the Poor

    July 2015

    David Bass

    What if we’re looking in the wrong place for cures to poverty? If we search out what it is that banishes need and fills wants for most people, the answer is obvious: work. Poverty is one part economics, one part psychology—work helps both. 

  • It’s About Freedom, Not Finances

    July 2015

    Alexander Reid

    The purpose of the charitable deduction transcends tax policy, argues Alexander Reid. It should be thought of as a form of tax immunity that protects civil society from the government. Reid explores the history of the charitable deduction and the necessary boundaries for a healthy democracy.

  • Changing Hearts, Minds, and Laws

    April 2015

    John J. Miller , Karl Zinsmeister

    History shows that donors can have big, healthy effects on public policy—if they are prepared.