Category: Books & Ideas

A repetition of educational philosophy that has not learned from the past

The four foundations most heavily investing in education could take many lessons from the middle of the 20th century, whenthe Ford Foundation and the establishment dealt with similar ideas.… MORE >>

The perpetuity of donor-advised funds sets conditions donors may not want

Donor-advised funds have a number of positive benefits for the donor, but they can also veer off of the original intent of the donor; their perpetuity is one problem noted in this article.… MORE >>

What sort of rainy day fund should a nonprofit keep?

For a corporation that is nonprofit, the amount of prudent reserve it should keep is not an easy question to answer; each nonprofit needs to determine how much it needs to keep on the books.… MORE >>

Wordsworth, Keats, and Lamb point to the importance of keeping the human heart in human aid

Charities have come under fire lately for many reasons, and non-transparent inefficiency is one of those reasons; but the Romantic writers teach us that we should not dissect the heart from giving.… MORE >>

Atoning almsgiving, the heart of Christian charity

Our associate editor, Jeremy Beer, gives a glowing review of David Downs’s book, Alms: Charity, Reward, and Atonement in Early Christianity, and a challenge to the contemporary view of charity.… MORE >>

Wealth disparity creates wealth-bubbles, insulated from real world

The increasing wealth disparity has geographical ramifications, and Charles Murray analyzes which US zip codes are more insulated from the rest of the normal, low-middle class rabble.… MORE >>

To challenge the fixed mindset of foundations

Erica Kohn-Arenas’ recent book, The Self-Help Myth: How Philanthropy Fails to Alleviate Poverty, continues to challenge the fixed mindset of many foundations. “Erica Kohl-Arenas opens her important and sharply-observed new book with a field note from her visit to organized philanthropy’s grand palaver, the Annual Meeting of the Council on Foundations.… MORE >>

Corporate globalism strikes at local fundraising campaign

In a case study that reiterates the tenet of philanthrolocalism, Elias Crim shares an interesting, and sad example of how global corporatism adversely affects a local fundraising campaign.… MORE >>

How philanthropy influenced the state

Many decry the infiltration of the state into the workings of private charity, but the way in which philanthropy has influenced the workings of the state have rarely been explored.… MORE >>

Harvard Magazine: don’t forget the university’s connection to eugenics

In light of contemporary biotechnical advances, the dark connection between Harvard University and the eugenics movement needs to be revisited to forfend against repeating such atrocities.… MORE >>

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