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Donors: be wary of "scam PACs"

Lightly-regulated “scam PACs” are known to use extensive telephone fundraising and dishonest claims in order, ostensibly, to raise money for political campaigns. In reality, the majority of the money raised is not making it to the politician or the campaign, but instead paying extravagant salaries and consultant fees.

T. Boone Pickens dies at 91, and the response is encouraging

As the public and the media respond to the passing of T. Boone Pickens, it is interesting to reflect on his broad and generous giving, and how this conduces to a healthy civil society.

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Echo chambers diminish trust

Through internet algorithms and curated social media feeds, echo chambers are becoming increasingly common. That means trust is increasingly less common.

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American Jews and charitable giving: An enduring tradition

Theology and history help explain why US Jews give more to charity than people who observe other religions or are not religious at all.

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Breaking news: we are not attracted to effective altruists

A study conducted at the Crockett Lab at Yale University suggests that in our search for spouses and friends, we rather distrust utilitarians.

Christmas in September: why your year-end campaign starts now

Last Thursday, American Philanthropic and Philanthropy Daily convened fundraisers and nonprofit leaders in Philadelphia for an evening conversation on end-of-year fundraising. Here is a summary of the conversation.

The Meow Wolf art collective funds its work without controversial mega-donors

Recent criticisms of major donations from donors like the Sackler family raise questions about the future of funding the arts. The Meow Wolf art collective models a new approach.

"The almoner of the world": America's role in global charity

A recent book discusses the role of religious media in promoting international charity and humanitarian aid. With new communication technology and access to photography in the 18th century, Christian missionaries and magazines publicized images and stories of dire need abroad, driving American Christians to give generously in support of the needy in foreign lands.

Four questions for recruiting top talent

Employing the right people is absolutely essential for running a successful nonprofit organization. Here are four questions to ask yourself to improve hiring at your organization.

Capitalism and moral purpose

While not all companies and corporations care about more than profit, some do. OE Custom is a furniture company that uses downed trees to create high-end wood furniture.


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Ford Foundation’s Walker wavers on the Whitney’s Kanders crisis

A (merely) diversity-minded progressive donor should indeed venture with utmost caution into the unsettled new world of cultural philanthropy.

1984’s lay letter on economy may be more relevant now

We have been here before: a debate about capitalism between clerics and capitalists occurred during preparation of a bishops’ pastoral letter on the economy in America almost four decades ago. The lay letter on the economy warrants serious re-examination given the new debates into which its concepts should be re-introduced.

Notes on the freedom given Wilfred McClay to write his latest book

Picking up on its potential wider implications, including for philanthropy.

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