The art of saying no

“Hi, I see your organization is doing fantastic work and I would like to give you a lot of money for programs.”
“No thanks!”
Oftentimes, philanthropic literature focuses on the perspective of giving – analyzing strategies, determining how to give effectively and efficiently, and debating the merits of how one should assess philanthropic action.… MORE >>

Herbert Hoover, president-philanthropist

For conservatives, the presidency of Herbert Hoover remains a controversial one.
Those of us who read Paul Johnson’s Modern Times… MORE >> when it came out have it etched into our brains that Hoover was a bad guy, the engineer who prepared Americans for the New Deal by offering them the dime store New Deal.

F(orget) the debate

“F— the time!” That’s what some black participants at the March 24 Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) Championships at Indiana University recently declared when the clock ran out.… MORE >>

Networks of love

Easter is a celebration of Christ’s love for the world and a reminder of our calling to love others. Americans have always sought meaningful ways to express their love in service to others.… MORE >>

The barbarism of the “Reading Progress Bar”

Robertson Davies, that most delightful Canadian novelist, playwright, and essayist, quipped that most people don’t want to read books, they want to have read books—to enjoy the distinction of being well-read without the bother and work of reading.… MORE >>

Beggars at Passover and Easter

A few texts on serving the least among us come to mind as Jews celebrate Passover and Christians celebrate Holy Week. The first is from the Jew known as Jesus of Nazareth, who purposely connected his greatest “hour” with the ancient Hebrew feast of Passover:

The poor you have always with you.… MORE >>

To spend, not to squander

Cassidy Burns, a Minneapolis financial adviser, recently told the Wall Street Journal… MORE >> how a wealthy family she works with has struggled to find a successor for their family foundation.

Babies vs. dogs

It seems to be a battle of babies versus pets in this week’s papers. The Times… MORE >> featured a story about the rising number of wealthy Big Apple families deciding to have three or more children.

Taxes and a civilized society

“Taxes,” Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. wrote in 1927, “are what we pay for civilized society.”
For everyone scrambling to fill out tax forms this week, it’s evident that the price paid today is high. … MORE >>

The FEC will let me be

Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court released its 5-to-4 decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The opinion, authored by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by three others in a plurality, overturned aggregate… MORE >> campaign contribution limits.

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