Lifting up the poor

As we know, there are two schools of thought in how to deal with the poor. Charles and David Koch hold one. After the Koch brothers begin their day perfecting their tans, created by the cheerful golden glow of uncirculated American eagle coins, the Kochs then plot on how to make the rich richer and the poor more miserable.… MORE >>

The challenges of starting –and funding– an art museum from scratch

The New York Times reports on Norman and Irma Braman, south Florida billionaires who are committed to singlehandedly financing the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Miami (set to open in December 2016).… MORE >>

Camelot and corporate philanthropy

One of life’s great pleasures is that of visiting used bookstores and the chance to find some gem of a book. Last weekend, I was at a favorite second-hand bookstore and came across Letitia Baldrige’s Complete Guide to Executive Manners.… MORE >>

Holding $4 million ransom

Do higher-education donors have a say in the academic practices of the departments and institutions to which they donate? According to some benefactors, you bet. Last week, Martin Levine at Nonprofit Quarterly introduced the unique case of Richard Hill.… MORE >>

Choice in education

A recent Forbes profile highlights the work of Carrie Walton Penner, the Walton family’s “point person on education issues” and a major proponent of charter schools.… MORE >>

The generous poor

The most visible conversations about generosity circulate among the wealthy. My inbox is pinged daily with newsletters about giving well and doing well. Bill Gates’s Giving Pledge has gained notable attention for rallying the world’s wealthiest individuals to give most of their treasure to philanthropy.… MORE >>

Venture philanthropy and a $3.3 billion return for cystic fibrosis

$3.3 billion—that’s the sum the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation garnered in its recent sale of its royalty rights for a new drug, Kalydeco. Kalydeco is a game-changing drug, the first to address the root cause of cystic fibrosis.… MORE >>

How can we best help entrepreneurs in the Third World?

Why do young people become terrorists? The think tanks have published dozens of monographs trying to psychoanalyze the minds of people in other lands. But Hernando de Soto, in this provocative piece from the Wall Street Journal,  has a simpler explanation: people become terrorists because they’re blocked from more useful trades by Third World regimes that practice cronyism and lack the rule of law.… MORE >>

Give big by staying small

A few weeks ago, hundreds of philanthropists gathered for the Exponent Philanthropy National Conference in Washington, D.C. Founded in the 1990s as the Association of Small Foundations, Exponent Philanthropy consists of “donors, trustees, and philanthropic professionals who choose to give big by staying small, working with few or no staff to make the most of their resources.” Small philanthropy is integral to the American civic tradition.… MORE >>

No surprises with the World Giving Index

In the second verse of Rodney Atkins’s country hit “It’s America,” he sings: Later on when I got home, I flipped the TV on/ I saw a little town that some big twister tore apart/ And people came from miles around just to help their neighbors out/ And I was thinkin’ to myself, I’m so glad that I live in America.… MORE >>
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