The sticky problem of raises in a recession

For economic, cultural, and social reasons, executive pay raises are sometimes characterized as unnecessary, unjust, and unfair, particularly as they provide a symbol for increasing income inequality.… MORE >>

Does the over-researched donor spell the end of spontaneous philanthropy?

How much of development work is surveillance? It’s a question I began to ask myself the other night after I met a young woman who works for the alumni office of an elite university in Washington, D.C.… MORE >>

Why we love college

Last weekend I returned to my alma mater. I haven’t been away for very long, but nevertheless I felt pangs of nostalgia. I walked the streets that I’d previously traversed at absurd hours of the morning, headed back to my room after one too many glasses of tawny port and a long, lazy evening of argument.… MORE >>

Atlanta cheating scandal highlights system weaknesses

For decades, teachers’ unions and inner-city students had a hidden pact. The unions would send their worst teachers, the burned-out veterans grimly holding on until their pensions vested, into the inner cities.… MORE >>

Knowing or hoping? Millennials and philanthropy

Millennials – generally defined as those individuals born after the very late 1970’s or early 1980’s – are understood as holding philanthropy “near and dear to them.” While we cannot say that this is wrong, we also cannot say if this is necessarily right.… MORE >>

Sorting out what the activists want

What is the biggest problem for lower-income residents of New York? You may need a scorecard to figure it out. A few days ago, a group of protesters who want to ban FreshDirect trucks in the Bronx were ejected from a softball game at Coney Island between the City Council and the Mayor’s Office.… MORE >>

Cleaning house and the NFL

The NFL is a tax-exempt nonprofit? That’s what many people might have been surprised to learn when reading this week’s news that federal legislation is being introduced to strip the NFL of its tax-exempt status if it doesn’t successfully pressure Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the Redskins name.… MORE >>

Peter Thiel’s innovative approach to philanthropy

I’ll probably never meet Peter Thiel, the PayPal billionaire. I’m sure he has all sorts of minders, protecting him from the nuts who want his money for their crazy schemes and the nuts who get their lawyers to send letters beginning, “Dear Mr.… MORE >>

Why corporate social responsibility depends on employees

According to those at the top of the corporate ladder, the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a “hotly growing field.” But how effective is the model of “trickle-down social responsibility”?… MORE >>

A choice painful and to be avoided, if at all possible

“I couldn’t turn my abortion into art.” That was the title of a first-person essay published by the New York Times… MORE >> over the summer. In it, the author, Lisa Selin Davis, describes getting an abortion shortly after college and finding out it was not the “no big deal” that she had been assured.

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