Philanthropic Achievement of the Week
Our weekly quotation on giving—drawn from the forthcoming Almanac of American Philanthropy
Dr. Jack Templeton
Major Achievements in Religious Philanthropy
Our newest list of philanthropic milestones covers religiously motivated giving
Madison Avenue Mercies
The virtues of advertising, overhead, and other wicked ways of doing good
Business Marries Charity
The hopes and hazards of bringing market mechanisms to philanthropy
Stepping into a Breach
Hundreds of migrants attempting to enter Europe have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when the inflatable dinghies they were packed into by unscrupulous smugglers sunk in storms. Sadly, this happens all the time.
Among the virtues buzzed about in foundation leadership today, “filial piety” might not be the top rank. But it was a value that was vitally important to Dr. Jack Templeton, who died last weekend. He lived by this principle, and deserves to be honored for it.
One dramatic change in the landscape of charitable giving during the past decade has been an entrepreneurial explosion of philanthropic services. Donors today have more choices, more information, and more analytical tools for making philanthropic decisions.
Major Achievements in Religious Philanthropy
Our newest list of philanthropic milestones covers religiously motivated giving.
Madison Avenue Mercies
The virtues of advertising, overhead, and other wicked ways of doing good.
Business Marries Charity
The hopes and hazards of bringing market mechanisms to philanthropy.
Announcing the 2015 William E. Simon Prize winner
David Weekley has been selected as the winner of the 2015 William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.
Just released Spring magazine
Our latest issue offers a taste of new flavors in philanthropy: modern marketing, grant bundling at intermediaries, character-based micro lending, public-policy change, complex asset conversion, donor-advised funds, social investments, and more.
The Slow Boat to Utopia
Ten years in, the ballyhooed Millennium Villages Project is mostly a bust. In Nina Munk’s book The Idealist, Columbia University economist and celebrity academic Jeffrey Sachs, who made a splash with his plan to engineer the end of poverty as we know it, is an ambivalent figure.
Horizon Communities in Prisons
Inmates change their lives with great works of literature.
A new exhibit at Alice Walton's Crystal Bridges Museum showcases the full range of American artistry.
Save the Pawns
Morally neutral approaches to poverty do not exist,” William Easterly writes in his latest book, The Tyranny of Experts. “Any approach to development will either respect the rights of the poor or it will violate them.” Too many aid agencies treat people in developing countries like chess pieces.
Port in a Storm
When a disaster hits, Americans are eager to open their wallets to help. Yet donors often have no clear idea of what happens to their contributions or whether they are used in the best ways possible.
Agenda Setting: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Influencing Public Policy
Our newest guidebook helps donors navigate the public-policy arena, drawing on the best practitioners of public-policy philanthropy in America today.
Interview with Steve Green
The Hobby Lobby president describes his forthcoming Museum of the Bible.
The Dinosaur Discoverer
How a misfit revolutionized paleontology—with a big boost from philanthropy.
A Tribute to Life
With major support from Tad Taube, the Polin Museum honors a millennium of Jewish history.
Words from a Leading Culture Philanthropist
A Q&A with museum donor Shelby White.
Since 2012, Germany has made giving to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s, a legal mandate. A new twist to the law has banks actively investigating the religious affiliations of their customers in order to levy the corresponding tax on their accounts.
Major Achievements in Public-Policy Reform
Donating money to modify public thinking and government policy has now taken its place next to service-centered giving as a constructive branch of philanthropy. In our newest Almanac of American Philanthropy list we examine major achievements in shaping public policy.
Laying Away Treasure
Many Americans were charmed when, a couple weeks before Christmas, an anonymous lady walked into a Toys R Us store in Bellingham, Massachusetts, and paid off the remaining layaway balances of 150 families.
Patriots and Papers
Philanthropists fulfill George Washington's dying wish and build a Presidential library at his Mount Vernon home.
Restoring the American Dream in 2015—For over three centuries, America has provided more opportunity to more people than any other country in the history of the world. That great tradition is now in danger.
Philanthropy’s Dangerous Rival
The clamor for limitless government threatens every private initiative.
The Power of Ownership
Fighting poverty from the ground up.
Philanthropy Winter magazine
Museum donors bring alive math, baseball, George Washington, tenements, the Bible, music, Jewish life, heartland art, and more.
Museums Across America
A creative cornucopia of galleries from math to space to baseball is brought to the public by the generosity of donors.
Monks in the Inner City
Most of Newark, New Jersey, students never even finish high school. But St. Benedict’s Prep, a 146-year-old school serving 550 low-income minority boys, boasts a nearly 100 percent college acceptance rate. And it’s run by monks.
College Endowment Disparities
A recent study by the Sutton Trust reveals that university endowments in the U.K. badly lag U.S. counterparts, and that the fundraising gap is widening. Harvard’s endowment alone is more than the total of all U.K. universities combined.
Interview with Christopher Oechsli
The president of Atlantic Philanthropies reflects on Chuck Feeney's legendary generosity, the value of bricks-and-mortar giving, and how to recover donor intent.
An anonymous animal lover donated $800,000 to Zoo Miami during his lifetime. "Two of the dearest" philanthropists in south Florida, once anonymous, now have their story told.
Q & A with a Mad Woman
An interview with advertiser extraordinaire turned philanthropic organizer Myra Daniels.
Mutual Aid for Christians in Iraq
Iraq's second largest city is home to many minorities, including hundreds of thousands of Assyrian Christians. About 200,000 Assyrians have now fled their homes. Amidst crisis in Mosul, a small mutual-aid group is offering lifesaving help.
Four Brothers and the Apocalypse
Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty—a surprising biography of the Koch family that offers a fascinating window into their life and philanthropy.
No Good Donation Goes Un-Sniped At
The Philanthropy Roundtable's Joanne Florino responds to a New York Times opinion essay worrying over the private philanthropy behind New York's planned Pier 55 park.
The Center for Urban Families
The Center for Urban Families is helping fathers step up.
Interview with Howard Dahl
The founder of Amity Technology discusses his giving to rehabilitate the former Soviet Union and assesses Ukraine.
Don’t Surrender the Academy
To the chagrin of reformers, the way that it stands 'blowing up' our existing schools of education is just not a viable option: The case for donors to get involved with schools of education.
A 15-year update on the winners of the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.
Beyond the Uniform
In this video, veterans Jake Wood of Team Rubicon and Eric Greitens of The Mission Continues share their experiences with the military and their goals for veterans philanthropy.
The Tangelo Park Model for Transforming a Troubled Neighborhood
A Q&A with Florida hotelier and philanthropist Harris Rosen.
Suing for Reform
An education donor went to court; will other givers and other causes follow?
While some philanthropists fought for decades to legalize marijuana, others are gearing up to address the undesirable consequences.
Beethoven in the Barrio
The Youth Orchestra of the Americas is bringing symphonic beauty to new audience, thanks to Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg
On Creating Productive Work for the Persistently Jobless
George Roberts is co-founder of the KKR leveraged buyout firm, and an active philanthropist with a special interest in building social enterprises. Following is a brief extract interview from our forthcoming book on assisting work as an anti-poverty charitable strategy.
DAFs: Popular Yet Under Pressure
Donor-advised funds are mushrooming. Their popularity is easy to understand: Many small donors appreciate having access to professionally managed philanthropic funds that still allow for donor choices, without the hassle and staff of an entire foundation. But legislation proposed in Congress could threaten the funds’ appeal.
Achievements in Economic & Social Prosperity
Fighting poverty is one of the oldest charitable imperatives. This in turn often requires battling syndromes that lead to poverty—like family breakdown, alcohol and drug abuse, or unfair bias. Our newest list of Achievements in American Philanthropy collects initiatives that help citizens prosper.
So-called ‘Dark Money’
In an editorial published September 24 by the National Review Online, Bill Zeiser, a Ph.D. student at Hillsdale College, takes on the task of explaining the critical role of anonymous giving to philanthropic privacy.
Walk the Line
Rail trails are generating public enthusiasm as rural paths, as creators of green space in tight urban quarters, as ways of boosting health and wellness, as canvases for appealing landscape design and outdoor art, as connectors of communities, and as spurs to city redevelopment.
Chopping Textbook Costs
College textbooks are notoriously expensive, but a two-year-old nonprofit is hoping to change that. OpenStax College's goal is to offer texts for the nation’s 25 most-attended college courses—for free.