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?”
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
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.
Changing Hearts, Minds, and Laws
John J. Miller , Karl Zinsmeister
History shows that donors can have big, healthy effects on public policy—if they are prepared.
Rebounding From Philanthropic Failure
Karen Minkel, Marc Holley
Our plan flopped. We didn't give up. We changed course. Ideas from the Walton Family Foundation.
Philanthropy's Dangerous Rival
George F. Will
The clamor for limitless government threatens every private initiative.
Excellence in the Classroom
How can philanthropic investment help bring about a world where every child has a string of good teachers—not an occasional lucky assignment?
From Promising to Proven
The charter school boom ahead.
100 Years of Experts Armed with Money...
...sure didn't do much for Cleveland. Community foundations at a milestone.
Anybody Interested in Nation-changing Philanthropy?
Help veterans with disabilities stand on their own.
Learning from the Sunset
Amy Markham, Susan Wolf Ditkoff
Five lessons for lasting impact from foundations that spend down.
It’s About Freedom, Not Finances
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.
Getting What We Pay For
Andrew Kelly takes a look at magnet schools—what makes them special, and how donors can help.
Jay P. Greene
Foundations are turning to education-reform advocacy. How’s it going? Check out Jay Greene’s review of “Follow the Money: How Foundation Dollars Change Public School Politics” from the Spring issue of “Philanthropy” magazine.
Tom Tierney’s “Conversations with Remarkable Givers”
A special Q&A with Tierney and videos from his most recent Give Smart project
Ex Libris Philanthropy
Donors are making Great Books available to the public
Opening Up the University
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is funding what could someday be viewed as higher education’s Great Disruption
Values Without Borders
Meet the Venezuelan-American family that teaches universal values to promote character education