Occupational licenses in Arizona: lobbyist-controlled bureaucracy blended with conflict of interest

There are many consequences to bureaucracy, but one of the worst things bureaucrats can do is block people who want to work and have the skills needed to do good work from entering the labor force because they don’t have a proper license.… MORE >>

Let the kids play: charitable recycling of sports equipment

I’m always interested in stories about nonprofits that give away products people can use. We all ought to use products as long as we can. Moreover, it’s important to let people know that there’s more to charity than simply writing checks or donating your time.… MORE >>

Panama papers spark uneven reactions

With the release last week of the so-called Panama Papers, a cache of more than eleven million documents detailing the offshore tax havens of the rich and powerful, scandal has shot across the globe.… MORE >>

The way down may also be the way out and up

I’ve only met Megan McArdle once, when I had my copy of The Up Side of Down signed. But I’ve liked her work for many years, first for The Atlantic and then as a columnist for Bloomberg.… MORE >>

On the global expansion of private schools

Before I wrote about philanthropy, I wrote about education, the subject of my first book, Angry Classrooms, Vacant Minds. I reviewed education books for the Washington Times for 16 years, and one reason why I gave up was that I had heard all the arguments four or five times.… MORE >>

A moving challenge to current foreign welfare: Poverty, Inc.

A decade ago “60 Minutes” ran a story about poverty in Africa. The point of the segment was to explain to Americans that terrorists weren’t the only foreigners Americans should be concerned about.… MORE >>

How the other half lives today

In 1890, Jacob Riis’ How The Other Half Lives shocked readers with its detailed descriptions of squalid living conditions of New York’s poor. Made vivid by Riis’ account of the situations of particular families and photographs of squalor, Riis’ book changed the general public’s understanding of how the working poor lived—and it changed in the conditions of the working poor too.… MORE >>

Behavioral metrics: endless ways to burn money and achieve no real metrics

As readers know, I have strong reservations about reducing philanthropy to programs that can be measured. Of course metrics are fine for some grants. If the Gates Foundation wants to test whether or not a vaccine works or not, they can perform a randomized clinical trial in which some people can get a vaccine and some a placebo and you can therefore test to see if the vaccine is effective.… MORE >>

On tearing down Doris Duke’s home

There are always new ways for foundations to repudiate their founders’ donor intent. But the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has come up with a new wrinkle.… MORE >>

The illegality of donor disclosure mandates

As I discussed last week on Philanthropy Daily, there is a national and growing trend aimed at requiring the disclosure of donors to nonprofit organizations.… MORE >>
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