largest city in Pennsylvania, United States

Longwood Gardens

Taking Fountains to New Heights

Outsmarting Albert Barnes

The Barnes Collection has opened in its new home in Philadelphia, yet its saga leaves a cautionary tale behind in Merion

Saving Free Speech

Can intellectual humility and listening with empathy open closed minds and preserve honest debate?

Enemies of Innovation

Thomas Sowell explains why even triumphant charter schools spark resistance

The Exchange

Road Trip

Interesting charities encountered in our travels. With a special focus this installment on top-flight, donor-powered medical institutions in Boston.

Gifts of Health

American medical charity has a noble history that extends right to our present moment

The Exchange

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

Dr. Jack Templeton

Combining science and religion in a bold yet humble way

Fall 2018 - Briefly Noted

Rags to riches in real life. Vets achieving independence. A pilgrimage to Israel for $500. Behind the scenes at Gettysburg. Leonard Leo's legal network. The power of small givers.

Hope for the Addicted

Substance abuse is a plague on American society. Here are some of the donors looking to cure it.

Deep in the Heart of Texas

In Houston, private donors have built a medical complex the size of a small city.

Founding Funders

Notable early American philanthropists, from the Philanthropy Hall of Fame

Economic Opportunity

Notable contributions to economic opportunity from the Philanthropy Hall of Fame


Notable contributions to religious causes from the Philanthropy Hall of Fame

School and Home

Boarding programs and other charter innovations mix elements of family life and education for foster kids in need of both

Winter 2018 - Briefly Noted

Censorship by Google. A modern-day good Samaritan. A quarterback gives back. Charter school experimentation.