Category: People & Projects

Philanthropy of Politics

Charles and David Koch have made quite a bit of news in the past year. I’ve reported on the alliance between the Kochs and some liberals on criminal justice reform and Charles Koch’s interview with the Financial Times. … MORE >>

Flagrant foul against Air Jordan amid racial tensions

Sports legend Michael Jordan has courted controversy after speaking out on the recent spate of police-involved shootings sweeping through the country. In a prepared statement released Monday, the former Chicago Bulls star declared that he could “no longer stay silent” after watching the “deeply troubl[ing]” cases of violence against both unarmed civilians and police officers in the line of duty.” “As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man,” Jordan’s statement read, “I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers.… MORE >>

Strong Board Might Have Prevented Over $1M Embezzled Funds from New Orleans Public Libraries

I don’t usually find philanthropic scandals in the Washington Post’s Sunday entertainment section. But I found them last weekend when Mark Guarino reported on a controversy that has rocked the New Orleans Public Library Foundation. … MORE >>

Philanthropy and Democracy

We often think of philanthropy as simply making a positive contribution to the life of the republic. But so-called “big philanthropy”—philanthropy carried out on the grandest scale by the wealthiest individuals and foundations—has a complicated place in a democracy like ours.… MORE >>

Selling the Museum Experience… to Millenials

How can you innovate upon a museum? By definition, museums are places of stability and sober constancy—the best are designed to let their exhibits announce themselves, and people are not as much attracted to a particular museum as they are to its holdings.… MORE >>

Open letter to Ford Foundation pleads for focus on income mobility, not income inequality

Reacting to the Ford Foundation’s recent decision to dedicate all their revenue to focus entirely on inequality, political and cultural critics penned an open letter pleading for them to target income immobility instead.… MORE >>

Bringing Back the Balsams?

Though it now conjures images of typical post-industrial recession, the north of New Hampshire once attracted the world’s rich and famous, who sought retreat and respite in any one of the region’s many luxury hotels and resorts.… MORE >>

The Clinton’s octopus foundation

In order to criticize the Clinton Foundation, it is important to try to figure out what it actually does; veteran philanthropy journalist, David Callahan, tries his best to give an outline of the tentacles.… MORE >>

Elon Musk’s nonprofit sprint to build AI so it will be friendly

Elon Musk’s $1B nonprofit, OpenAI, was set up to ensure that the artificial intelligence that will come is benevolent; they will control the friendliness of the AI by building the first AI.… MORE >>

Michael Jordan commences his investment into the Charlotte area

Unlike Lebron James who has invested heavily in the youth of Northeast Ohio, Michael Jordan has not been known for his charity; hopefully his new endeavor begins a Jordan giving trend.… MORE >>

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