Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill is a program officer at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. She has been an adviser to Washington think tanks and educational nonprofit organizations. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Jacqueline served on the faculties of St. John's College and the College of William & Mary. She has published articles about political philosophy, social issues, and bioethics in journals such as The New Atlantis, Society, and Philanthropy.
Jacqueline earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Duke University and her B.A., also in political science, from The University of Calgary.
Jacqueline is a board member for the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women College Program Foundation, and she has taught in the college program at Maryland's only prison for women. She lives with her husband and their children in Silver Spring, Maryland.
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. The first speech was delivered by Fed chairman Janet Yellen, who spoke at the Boston Fed about inequality and opportunity—a very unusual topic for […]
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 […]
“Mom, can I go on the field trip? It costs ten dollars,” our daughter asked while I was making dinner last week. “Of course,” I said, without paying much attention. “Just remind me after dinner and I’ll sign the form and write a check.” “Really, I can go?” she queried. “It’s ten dollars, and we’re […]
Bigger than Amazon and eBay combined! That fact that Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce website, is a bigger business than Amazon and eBay combined was the detail that caught my attention in the stories about its successful IPO last week. Amazon and eBay are huge businesses, relying on households like ours who make most purchases online. […]
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. What? The NFL that puts […]
More ways to give, all to the good, right? Not so fast, argues philanthropist Lewis Cullman, who, together with his late wife Dorothy Cullman, gave away hundreds of millions of dollars. Cullman complains about “Misuse of Philanthropy” as he examines a newly popular vehicle for charitable giving: donor-advised funds. Donor-advised funds (or “DAFs”) can be […]
Philanthropic support of higher education has not only rebounded to pre-recession levels but has, in fact, reached record levels of $31 billion in 2013. These record levels of spending are being achieved even at a time when many have concerns about the direction colleges and universities are taking—concerns such as those raised this week by […]
Unless you’ve been entirely on vacation, you’ve heard about the “ice bucket challenge,” which has raised $88.5 million in the last two months for the ALS Association, dwarfing the $2.6 million received in the same period in 2013. The ALS Association was nimble enough to strike while the iron was hot as the ice bucket […]
This year’s horrifying Ebola outbreak raises a thicket of ethical issues, many of interest to philanthropists. How much philanthropic support should be redirected from management of other, much more common lethal diseases—such as malaria, which killed 627,000 people in 2012—to support care for Ebola patients, who still number less than 2,000 this year? In this […]
This month, there have been many remembrances of the outbreak of World War I in August 1914. My favorite to date is an installation of what will eventually be 888,246 ceramic poppies—one for every soldier who died serving under the British flag. The poppies flow out of and around the Tower of London, and they […]