Jeff Cain is a leading executive in the nonprofit, educational, philanthropic, and development community. Most recently, Jeff served the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), a national educational nonprofit committed to advancing a traditional liberal arts curriculum and the study of Western civilization, in various senior management positions, including vice president for institutional advancement, senior vice president for education and advancement, and finally as executive vice president.
Prior to serving ISI, Jeff taught in the English department at Washington State University (where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature), founded a research nonprofit (the Columbia Public Interest Policy Institute), worked on various political campaigns in his native Washington State, and served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. He has also worked as an independent fundraising consultant and as a philanthropic advisor to leading nonprofits and foundations. He has taught a range of college-level humanities courses and published in leading academic and literary journals.
Presently, Jeff is president of the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA, and secretary of the Lillian S. Wells Foundation in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Here’s Richard Vedder today on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s public university salary survey for presidents.… MORE >>
Did the IRS also unfairly single out pro-Israel groups for additionally scrutiny? That’s the claim of a lawsuit by Z-Street.… MORE >>
Thomas Jefferson said of philanthropy that it is “the duty of every man to devote a certain portion of his income for charitable purposes; and that it is his further duty to see it so applied and to do the most good for which it is capable.” This week at the University of Virginia, a class of students studying philanthropy gave away $100,000 to fourteen charitable organizations.… MORE >>
NPQ’s Rick Cohen on the Philanthropy Roundtable’s veterans and philanthropy program earlier this week in Washington, DC.… MORE >>
Wither compassionate conservatism? William Schambra on the Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.… MORE >>
The NYT has an interesting piece today on two historically significant churches in Atlanta that are in the path of a new redevelopment project that will, among other things, bring a new football stadium to replace what the Times calls the “frumpy” Georgia Dome. The thing that caught my eye was this: The owner of the Falcons, Arthur Blank, who built his fortune as a founder of Home Depot, will pick up most of the bill.… MORE >>
How ought philanthropy to be taught? Philanthropy programs at colleges and universities are rapidly multiplying.… MORE >>
Is overaggressive philanthropy subverting social contract? NPQ’s on Rob Meiksins on Bill Schambra’s comments to the Council on Foundations.… MORE >>
Peter Wood on Boston.… MORE >>
I received in the mail today a very odd book (actually, I was sent three copies of the book!).… MORE >>