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The Exchange

Real problems, Mo giving, buildings for charter schools, donor privacy, RealClearJournalism, how donors can help break policy logjams.

Spending Down

A mid-size foundation seeks a lasting impact on public policy.

Interview with Sean Fieler

The forthright social conservative on religious liberty, translating principles into policy, and the importance of saying what you truly believe.

A Lot to Learn

Frederick M. Hess reviews Steven Brill s new book on recent developments in K 12 education reform


How donors helped win a war of ideas and how they can do it again

Opening Up the University

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is funding what could someday be viewed as higher education s Great Disruption

SOS: Stopping Opioid Slaughter

A small group of donors is up against the worst drug epidemic ever. They need help.

Rethinking Disability

Donors launch an experiment that could spark seminal social reform

Briefly Noted

SPLC on the warpath. The truth on foreign aid. Getting bluegrass in the black. Making Americans. An Oscar for humanitarianism.

Fall 2016 - Briefly Noted

Little platoons on pontoons. Crisp progress in the Big Apple. Nonprofits brace for new overtime rules.

The Educators

Bruce and Suzie Kovner give to schoolchildren, music students, and policymaking. Here's how and why.

Changing of the Guard

Where are the old-line veterans charities headed?

Don't Surrender the Academy

The case for donors to get involved with schools of education

Champion Givers

A 15-year update on the winners of the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership

Suing for Reform

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

Briefly Noted

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


How the late Pete Peterson's donations helped Washington find budget balance

Winter 2014 - Briefly Noted

Giving for the religious. A Black Friday for donors. A Grinch-like plan for parks. The cost of a tax change. Medical marvels.

Spring 2013 - Books in Brief

Reviews of new books on why philanthropy matters, conscious capitalism, school leadership, and creating a charter school.

Lessons in Citizenship

American students are increasingly ignorant of American civics. Donors are working to revive appreciation of founding principles

Where Boys Flounder

Today's schools are inhospitable to many young males