Using private wealth to place staffers in attorney general offices

Foundations and billionaires are using donations to place privately-funded employees in states offices. Why?

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20-minute fundraising fix: emailing major donors

It’s important to email treat your major donors personally. That can be hard to do with mass emails, but here is a quick fundraising fix for engaging your top donors through email.

Call for nominations: celebrate civil society

The Manhattan Institute invites you to celebrate civil society leaders by nominating them for the Civil Society Awards.

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The war on philanthropy—and the war on careful thinking

Karl Zinsmeister’s recent Wall Street Journal article about the “war on philanthropy” has ruffled feathers—and stirred up some sloppy thinking.


Being a Tocquevillian philanthropist today

Here’s our most characteristically philanthropic antidote to the excesses of individualism in the American political tradition: the thought and deeds of the Puritans as Tocqueville understood them…

Two ideas of "civil society"

Where Steve Bannon and Donald Trump might disagree…

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New Year’s Resolution: Improve our communities and not just ourselves

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An Austin, Texas nonprofit has a creative way of helping the homeless

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Is our approach to poverty all wrong?

Measuring input and not outcomes will never solve the problem.

Death by disassocation: a review of Them by Senator Ben Sasse

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4 things to remember when applying for government grants

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