Philanthropic Achievement of the Week
2015—Stringing Houston’s Art Pearls
Our weekly quotation on giving—drawn from the Almanac of American Philanthropy
Call of the Wild
A marriage of market-based conversation and treetop acrobatics helps kids succeed in school
Sports vs. Breakdown
Using sports to draw young people into more wholesome and productive lives
The Passion and Pitfalls of Giving to College Sports
Many donors are putting big bucks into college athletics. What are they getting in return?
America’s Vital Impulse
Karl Zinsmeister discusses philanthropy's significance to American civic life
Gerry Lenfest is a leading American philanthropist, and also owner of two Philadelphia newspapers—the Inquirer and Daily News. At the beginning of this year he combined his occupations and donated the newspapers, plus their companion website to the Philadelphia Foundation.
Call of the Wild
A marriage of market-based conversation and treetop acrobatics helps kids succeed in school.
Sports vs. Breakdown
We profile four grassroots ventures that attack community demons with play and discipline—using sports to draw young people into more wholesome and productive lives.
Donor with a Long Memory
A German, struck by the generosity and kindness of American GIs during World War II, recently gave $16.5 million to the U.S. Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
The Passion and Pitfalls of Giving to College Sports
Boone Pickens, Phil Knight, Kevin Plank, and many other donors are putting big bucks into college athletics. What are they getting in return?
It’s the Governance, Stupid
If New York really wants to solve the financial and quality-of-life disasters of housing projects, it need only study the bold governance reforms that transformed two previous state-run messes, schools and parks, into smashing successes. But of course, it’s doing the opposite.
Just released Spring issue
In the just-released issue of Philanthropy, famed sportswriter John Feinstein takes us into the locker room with top donors like Boone Pickens, Phil Knight, and Kevin Plank as we explore the role of philanthropy in sports.
Announcing the 2016 William E. Simon Prize recipients
Bruce and Suzie Kovner have been selected as the recipients of the 2016 William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.
Q&A with Mitch Daniels
Philanthropy recently interviewed the president of Purdue University, Mitch Daniels, about his new initiatives, how to protect donor intent, and data, data, data.
America’s Vital Impulse
In this Bradley Lecture, Karl Zinsmeister discusses the history of private philanthropy and its significance to American civic life.
A Record for Catholic-school Scholarships
This past fall, the Inner-city Scholarship Fund run by the Archdiocese of New York City—which provided tuition assistance to nearly 7,000 Catholic-school students in 2015—announced the largest-ever U.S. gift to Catholic schooling.
Charitable Giving and the Fabric of America
Private philanthropy is crucial in making America the unusual country that it is. To begin to understand this crucial part of America, it is useful—and also inspiring—to consider some of America’s great philanthropists.
Giving Helps the Giver Too
There is ample evidence that philanthropy does more than just help the recipients. It satisfies deep human needs in givers as well—opening avenues to meaning, happiness, and ways of thriving that aren't easily located otherwise.
Nonprofit Spotlight: Teaching Together
Teaching Together hires adults with cognitive disabilities as Catholic-school classroom aides.
Charity Brought Us the Father of Finance
The Broadway smash musical that tells the story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton has important veins of philanthropy rippling through it. The storyline describes how Hamilton’s American experience was initiated by charity.
Social Justice Relies on Private Action
In this RealClearPolitics article, Karl Zinsmeister emphasizes the role of philanthropy in the civil-rights movement, and the powerful role of privately funded civil society in protecting individuals.
Knights Rescue the Oppressed
For years, nonprofits and foundations have been sending aid to refugees in the Middle East and Europe. One organization that is focusing its efforts on these victims is the Knights of Columbus, who have given over $4 million in assistance to the Middle East.
The Art of Public Policy Philanthropy: Donors Go to Court
Seamus Hasson, Bill Mumma, Clint Bolick, Dick Weekley, and others share hard-won knowledge on how donor-funded litigation can improve our country.
Instant, Imaginative Aid
When the Centers for Disease Control called for emergency assistance to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen responded. But as Ebola cases have receded, Allen’s focus on the disease has not.
Interview with Carrie and John Morgridge
These enthusiastic donors believe every gift matters.
The 99 Percent
The news in December that Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have decided to give away 99 percent of their Facebook stock by the end of their lives impressed many Americans. The couple are in excellent company.
Toy Store Glee
Carol Suchman was walking in New York City when she came upon a local toy store that had gone out of business. “The toys in there looked so sad, and they were gathering dust,” she said. “It occurred to me we should bring those toys to where they should be going.” To needy kids.
How Philanthropy Fuels American Success
This exclusive excerpt from The Almanac of American Philanthropy details how America's deep culture of private giving keeps our nation thriving.
How our $360 billion philanthropic sector gets things done…beneath the surface, with no one in charge!
A Modern Barnraising in Boiling Springs
A South Carolina high-school community was determined to "give a home" to faithful, "always been there" custodian of 20 years after her home burned to the ground.
Big School Plans in the Big Apple
Three time zones and a charter-school universe away, in New York, Success Academy co-founder Eva Moskowitz recently announced plans to operate as many as 100 campuses within the next decade.
The Texas Miracle wasn’t just economic; it was philanthropic
Texas stereotypes may conjure up plains and cattle but, as in the rest of the country, most of Texas’s population and wealth resides in the cities. And those cities have recently become some of the most philanthropic places on earth.
Wreathed in Glory
Wreaths Across America lays memorial wreaths at 1,000 locations in the U.S. and overseas, including Pearl Harbor Memorial, Bunker Hill, Valley Forge, and the World Trade Center Memorial, to honor and remember the fallen who protected the country.
Books in Brief
Do you think the suffering of human beings is more important than the suffering of other animals? Do you think it’s valuable to know the people who run a charity you support? In his new book, controversial bioethics professor Peter Singer argues that these views and behaviors are mistaken.
The Art of Public-Policy Philanthropy: The Battle of Ideas
Featuring Kim Dennis, Gara LaMarche, Roger Hertog, and Chris DeMuth.
Nonprofit Spotlight: Food For Life
Students learn good habits plus culinary skills at Food For Life.
Proposed Regulation Threatens Donor Privacy
The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service published proposed regulations that would permit charities to file a new information return with the IRS. But the new return would require the charity to collect the donor’s name, address, and Social Security number or other taxpayer identification number.
Going for Broke
How foundations sunset, and the reasons it’s becoming popular.
25 Ways to Strengthen America
From investing in think tanks to enabling veterans to apply their leadership, here are 25 ways that funders can strengthen our free society through their charitable giving.
Laying Foundations for Change
Who says bricks-and-mortar philanthropy isn’t effective?
The Catholic School Revival
In this Wall Street Journal essay, Karl Zinsmeister discusses how religious education is borrowing lessons—and leaders—from successful charters.
Guidebook on Catholic schooling
Something that seemed improbable, if not impossible, a few years ago is now becoming a real prospect: Inner-city Catholic schooling is poised for a renaissance. Our guidebook describes how savvy givers can take part in this exciting revival of educational opportunity for poor children.
Interview with Bruce Kovner
Trading titan Bruce Kovner has focused his philanthropy on free-market think tanks, arts (especially music organizations), and school-reform advocacy.
Charity Science Research 2, Death 0
Johns Hopkins University scientist Jonathan Ling wanted to set the record straight. He wanted to know whether the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which raised $115 million for disease research in six weeks back in 2014 (and then tens of millions more in repeat donations since), actually accomplished anything.
Higher Ed, Lower Costs
An e-learning entrepreneur brings cut-rate practical degrees to far-flung corners of the world.
Something Out of Nothing
It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. And invention is the father of philanthropy, because it creates the wealth that enables great generosity. Now a dazzling new book uncovers philanthropy’s grandparentage.
Racing Against Cancer
Jockey Victor Espinoza netted about $80,000 when his mount American Pharoah swept the Triple Crown of horseracing this year. But Espinoza handed his historic winnings, in their entirety, away to charity.
From Big Success to Local Succor
How one donor found satisfaction in helping a unique community.
Donor Privacy is the Focus of Supreme Court Appeal
In early September, The Philanthropy Roundtable filed an amicus brief encouraging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower-court judgment that would strip donor-privacy protections from charitable donations in the state of California.
The Other One Percent
In For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and Washington Post associate editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran argue that it is imperative for U.S. citizens to become more engaged with our troops.
Donor Intent Rescued in CT
When Shelby Cullom Davis gave $750,000 to Connecticut’s Trinity College in 1976 to endow a chair to teach private enterprise and entrepreneurship, he specified that there would be “no exceptions whatsoever” in the use of the money.
Interview with Eric Greitens
A scholar and Navy SEAL shares his secrets for reintegrating vets at home.
Rosenwald in 10 Minutes
Julius Rosenwald has been called the greatest philanthropist you’ve never heard of. With a major documentary film about his life now in theaters, it’s time you learned more. Here’s a vivid short profile.
Nonprofit Spotlight: Birch Community Services
Birch Community Services gives away food and asks for life-change in return.
Mapping a Disaster
One of the aid organizations that leapt to respond to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal in April was Team Rubicon, which provides work groups of ex-military volunteers after disasters of any kind.