Category: Giving & Politics

Does the Inequality Paradigm Measure Up?

Ford Foundation president Darren Walker wrote last year about the need for a “new gospel of wealth,” nodding in the direction of Andrew Carnegie’s famous 1889 treatise that has for its part so shaped the modern philanthropic establishment.… MORE >>

Republican mayor comes up with simple idea to help the homeless

Almost a year ago, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry launched his experimental program, There’s a Better Way, in order to help connect panhandlers with day jobs beautifying the city.… MORE >>

Clinton, Trump, and their Philanthropies

One of the many points of similarity between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is that they both run philanthropies. As Naomi Schaefer Riley notes in this Weekly Standard article, neither Clinton nor Trump are very good philanthropists.… MORE >>

Conservative donors focus on economic inequality

At their semi-annual gathering, Charles Koch and his network of conservative philanthropists focus on economic mobility: “Koch said one of the network’s top priorities is providing equality of opportunity for those who feel left behind, adding that the organization was intensifying its investments to support communities, schools and the family structure. … MORE >>

Philanthropy of Politics

Charles and David Koch have made quite a bit of news in the past year. I’ve reported on the alliance between the Kochs and some liberals on criminal justice reform and Charles Koch’s interview with the Financial Times. … MORE >>

Elephant in the room

An awkward conflict of interest inevitably arises when researching the politics of foundations, since so many of the researchers rely on foundation grants.  “It’s something so obvious that saying it out loud seems rude.… MORE >>

Flagrant foul against Air Jordan amid racial tensions

Sports legend Michael Jordan has courted controversy after speaking out on the recent spate of police-involved shootings sweeping through the country. In a prepared statement released Monday, the former Chicago Bulls star declared that he could “no longer stay silent” after watching the “deeply troubl[ing]” cases of violence against both unarmed civilians and police officers in the line of duty.” “As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man,” Jordan’s statement read, “I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers.… MORE >>

Doing away with “nonprofit”?

In defense of keeping the word “nonprofit” amid suggestions of ditching it for obtuse jargon like ““social impact sector,” “humanity sector,” “delta sector,” “social sector,” “third sector,” “independent sector,” “social good sector,” or “public benefit corporations.” “Of course, the term “nonprofit” was never meant to explain your cause.… MORE >>

China’s philanthropic void

Even though it has the world’s second largest population of billionaires, China ranks 144th out of 145 countries on CAF ‘s World Giving Index which measures the percentage of a population that engages in charitable giving and volunteer work, as well as how willing people are to help strangers.… MORE >>

Philanthropy and Democracy

We often think of philanthropy as simply making a positive contribution to the life of the republic. But so-called “big philanthropy”—philanthropy carried out on the grandest scale by the wealthiest individuals and foundations—has a complicated place in a democracy like ours.… MORE >>

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