Donor Intent

DoNation

Karl Zinsmeister breaks down the data on which Americans give most to charity, and why.

Excellence in Philanthropy

Lifesaving Charity

Eliminating hookworm in the South. Discovering the flu virus. Decimating HIV’s death rate. These are just a handful of the many notable achievements in medicine that owe their success to the generosity of American philanthropists.

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Ideas: From Promising to Proven

The charter school boom ahead; a sneak peek from our upcoming Spring magazine. 

Donor Intent

An Ugly Parks Plan

If New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, gets his way, the Big Apple will undo one of the most successful philanthropic experiments of the past three decades: transforming Central Park from decaying and dangerous to vibrant and verdant in just a few short years. 

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Shifting Perspectives

It was in an attempt to create something positive out of senseless loss that Mark Weingard began to think what he could do to help the people of Bali. His own narrow escapes from fate’s wheel changed his outlook on life and inspired his giving.

K-12 Education

Charter School Performance Breakout

"The oft-heard claim that charters perform no better than conventional schools is out of date and inaccurate." In this recent Wall Street Journal article, Karl Zinsmeister explains why today's philanthropy-driven charter school boom may be one of the most important movements of our age. 

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The Tough Road to Excellence

What educators abroad have to teach American reformers: Reporter Amanda Ripley argues that the debate on education policy should transcend national boundaries, and that we may want to look to education innovators abroad for ideas and inspiration. 

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From Promising to Proven: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Expanding on the Success of Charter Schools

Charter schooling may be the most important social innovation of our age, and it is just beginning to bloom. This new guidebook provides facts, examples, and practical experience that donors will need as charter schooling shifts gears from promising experiment to mainstream movement.

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A Man Out of Time

There was a time, and it wasn’t very long ago, when Ted Turner was America’s most famous living philanthropist. This new “authorized biography” explores how Turner's life has changed, and why his philanthropy is still fascinating.  

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Interview with Howard Buffett

In a Q&A, Howard Graham Buffett shows his many hats and his effort to take on hunger. 

Philanthropic Freedom

Giving Religiously

It is well known that America’s religiosity has a great deal to do with our unusually high levels of giving. A new study shows that 73 percent of the dollars donated by households in the U.S. go to organizations with religious ties.

Philanthropic Freedom

Letter to the IRS

Adam Meyerson, president of The Philanthropy Roundtable, sent a letter on February 25 to John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, offering comments on the proposed rules for tax-exempt organizations on candidate-related political activity. 

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Nonprofit Spotlight

Volunteers in Medicine is recruiting retired doctors to help the poor. 

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President’s Note

Even in a time of great national conflict and political divide, there is a constant: Philanthropy does not shut down. The amazing generosity of the American people is not paralyzed. 

Economic Opportunity

Economia!

How Pete Peterson's donations are helping Washington find budget balance.  

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Making Forever Families

Churches and donors lift thousands of children out of the foster-care bureaucracy. 

Economic Opportunity

Caring through Community

In this Q&A, The Philanthropy Roundtable asks psychiatric nurse and donor Marlene Mieske about her enthusiastic support of Fountain House, an organization in New York City dedicated to men and women with mental illness.

Philanthropic Freedom

An Especially Charitable Day

A new annual tradition aims to restore the giving season—bringing donations topping $19 million to charities in just its second year. 

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Real Opportunities for Veterans

Disabled soldiers deserve better than a handout.  

Donor Intent

Creating a Mission Statement to Preserve a Philanthropic Vision

With a clear and effective mission statement, a foundation can enact its vision and preserve the intent of its founding philanthropist.

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Solving the $2 Trillion Problem

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation mixes research and politics to help solve today's public-pension crisis.  

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Philanthropy Keeps the Lights on in Detroit

How philanthropists are tearing down problems, building solutions, and stopping bad guys in the Motor City. 

Philanthropic Freedom

Tax Tabulations

The American Enterprise Institute’s Arthur Brooks calculated that a proposed 28 percent cap on charitable tax deductions would likely lead to a $9.4 billion reduction in charitable giving in the first year of the change. 

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Healthy at Home

Keeping older Americans independent with timely acts of charity.  

Economic Opportunity

War on Poverty

The Philanthropy Roundtable's director of economic opportunity, Jo Kwong, weighs in on Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty initiative.  

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A Meteoric Rise

For many, the National Christian Foundation is not a household name—but the meteoric rise of the 31-year-old organization is remarkable.

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Q&A with Timothy Scully

The Reverend Timothy Scully founded the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame in 1993. In a Q&A, Philanthropy spoke with Scully about ACE and the role Catholic education plays in America.

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Roundtable Debate on NPR

The Philanthropy Roundtable's 2013 Annual Meeting included an all-star debate on the motion: "For A Better Future, Live in a Red State," featured on NPR. Listen to the recent audio of the debate here.  

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Books in Brief

Reviews on two recent reads about school reform and data-driven philanthropy: Reign of Error and The Robin Hood Rules for Smart Giving. 

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Philanthropy for the Masses

Student-philanthropists learn how to 'Give With Purpose' with lessons from Buffett.   

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Closing America’s Other Achievement Gap

Why donors should help our most talented students reach their full potential.

Donor Intent

Every Cause Is Not Alike

A legal battle with a New Jersey animal shelter proves to be a win for donor intent.  

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Closing America’s High-achievement Gap: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Helping Our Most Talented Students

During the last two decades, philanthropists and education reformers have made urgent efforts to pull weak students up to levels of basic competency. Meanwhile, though, children at the other end of the achievement spectrum have gotten lost in the shuffle. This intriguing book by Andy Smarick makes a powerful case for a sorely needed U.S. educational improvement that has been almost entirely overlooked.

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Where Boys Flounder

Today's schools are inhospitable to many young males. Two books show us that this educational decay will mean worse things to come if we don’t restore excellence in the schooling of both sexes.

Philanthropic Freedom

‘Protect Giving’ Day

The Alliance for Charitable Reform helped host "Protect Giving" Day, bringing more than 200 charitable sector leaders representing 140 organizations to Capitol Hill to urge members of Congress to protect the charitable deduction. 

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Blended Learning: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Supporting Tech-assisted Teaching

Few innovations in education today offer as much potential to transform how students are educated as the rise blended learning. The Philanthropy Roundtable’s guidebook by Laura Vanderkam explores this crucial new field and the rich opportunities for brave and savvy givers to lead the education establishment toward a more excellent future.

Economic Opportunity

Work as Priority

In a Q&A, trustee Donn Weinberg describes why work takes priority in the Weinberg Foundation's anti-poverty efforts.

Donor Intent

Learning from the Sunset

Five lessons for lasting impact from foundations that spend down.