Help in the neighborhood for “Our Kids”?

Harvard political scientist Robert D. Putnam was elevated to the status of leading public intellectual by his 2000 book Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community.… MORE >>

The hidden dangers of donor intent

It’s now been twenty-five years since I started writing about donor intent. In 1989 Tim Ferguson, then the features editor at the Wall Street Journal editorial page, suggested that I look at the lives of Andrew Carnegie and John D.… MORE >>

The decline of income mobility—and true philanthropy?

America has long been characterized by the hopeful prospect of the chance to better one’s station in life. But that cheery prospect of “income mobility,” to use the public policy term of art, has been tarnished over the last decades and especially since the Great Recession—and that may be tarnishing the prospect of true philanthropy in the United States.… MORE >>

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen: Part practitioner, part academic

One of the problems people in the nonprofit world have is communicating with the public. We love jargon. For example, when was the last time you talked about “capacity-building” with someone who didn’t work with nonprofits?… MORE >>

Searching after silence

Matthew Crawford’s recent essay in the New York Times laments the high “costs of paying attention” in the modern commercial world, bombarded as we are by advertisements, commercials, and a near-constant deluge of bright and disorienting demands upon our senses.… MORE >>

Sweet Briar fails to keep up

The big news in higher education this month has been the closing of Sweet Briar College, the small liberal arts women’s school in rural Virginia. Sweet Briar’s shuttering came as a surprise to many (including alumnae), not least of all because of its relatively healthy $100 million endowment and its solid academic reputation.… MORE >>

The law of motion in foundations

One of the perennial problems “experts” have in dealing with the poor is the idea that because someone doesn’t have much money, they’re therefore stupid. Surely one of the most discouraging introductions anyone in the inner cities—in Philadelphia, Jakarta, or Rio de Janeiro—can have is to have someone knock on the door and say, “Hi!… MORE >>

Charitable endowments and… the Gospel?

Last week, a pair of Inside Philanthropy guest blog posts sparred over the utility and “allure” of charitable endowments. In comments and responses, the Gospel of Mark surprisingly made its way into the conversation.… MORE >>

The legacy of Stan Evans

In my career, I’ve worked for two conservative journalists who began their careers at the Yale Daily News and who solved their mid-career problems by creating organizations they led for decades.… MORE >>

The Star Trek moral moment

The death of Leonard Nimoy—Mr. Spock—was widely noticed and discussed—even President Obama issued a statement on Nimoy’s death and the character of Mr. Spock. What was it that people were remembering, and why is Star Trek such enduring phenomenon?… MORE >>
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