Those unassailable “genius grants”

Look at articles about the MacArthur Fellows Program (commonly known as the “genius grants”) and you’ll find two categories of stories. One is where the wide-eyed hack shows up at MacArthur headquarters in Chicago full of wonder about how the selfless, noble program officers are bestowing riches among the struggling artists, who thanks to the foundation, can stop fighting the cat for food and begin to indulge in caviar and champagne.… MORE >>

This week is donor advised funds

Last week, the Chronicle of Philanthropy released its annual rankings of the 400 charities that “collect the most from private sources.” In their synopsis of the report, the Chronicle noted that four of the top ten charities are donor advised funds.… MORE >>

How raising the minimum wage hurts disabled workers

If you want to understand the harm that proponents of raising the minimum wage are willing to impose on people at the bottom of the labor market, look no further than a recent article in Bloomberg News by Lorraine Woellert.… MORE >>

Talking about inequality

Inequality and poverty are topics of great interest to philanthropists and charities—which made this week’s news especially interesting to them because two very different speeches about income inequality made media splashes.… MORE >>

The Rockefeller Foundation’s Endangered Scholars program

Look closely at the achievements of American foundations and you’ll find that there really aren’t that many. Most of the time foundations tend to overstate their successes or take credit for good deeds that they really shouldn’t take credit for.… MORE >>

Grantmaking hacks or hacking grantmaking?

Despite recent reports, American Idol-style grantmaking is not new to the nonprofit sector. However, it is new enough that we still lack evidence on whether this unconventional process facilitates long-term benefits or detriments for modern philanthropy.… MORE >>

Putting your future in the deep freeze

The most interesting responses to the news that Apple will now pay for female employees to freeze their eggs should they want to put off child-bearing for another time has been from women who say that doing so is not really about prioritizing a career.… MORE >>

A cup of coffee and a sense of place

A really great local coffee shop is a place where you can find out what’s happening around town over your cup of coffee. But in Edmonton, Alberta, Edmontonians can now get a flavor of their hometown on their cup of coffee: local coffee shops are dispensing coffee sleeves with very short stories by six local authors.… MORE >>

Sweden’s case of “PISA shock”

When charter schools began to flourish twenty-five years ago, many education policy analysts saw them as a sort of gateway drug that would lead to more substantial privatization.… MORE >>

Everybody’s a critic

Early last week, the Chronicle of Philanthropy released a new analysis of tax and charitable giving data. The (unrelated) findings? Well, finger pointing is in vogue.… MORE >>
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