higher education philanthropy and scholarships first-generation students
higher education philanthropy and scholarships first-generation students
Want to help first-gen students? Think beyond scholarships

We often operate under the misconception that scholarships are the only—or at least best—way to support first-generation college students. That’s not the case, and there are several alternative ways to support first-gen students instead.

university of missouri donor intent philanthropy
Schemes to protect donor intent gone awry

A questionable donor-intent protection scheme is resulting in a lawsuit of Hillsdale College against the University of Missouri.

What Do Confederate Flags Have to Do with Notre Dame?

In the wake of the fire damaging the Cathedral of Notre Dame, philanthropic elites pledged hundreds of millions of dollars in support of restoration. Is this a good use of philanthropic funds?

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5 things to know ahead of your next donor meeting

Going into a donor meeting unprepared is the surest way to secure a bad outcome. Here are some essential tips for preparing a donor meeting.

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Earnest but inhumane

“Earnestness is stupidity sent to college,” quoth the wise and well-traveled wit P.J. O’Rourke. The line would seem to fit many adherents of the Effective Altruism movement, a trendy subset of the philanthropy world…

Tavern talk: The decline of political discourse

Could there ever be a second American Revolution?

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Observations and recommendations on education grantmaking

Education grants tend to go primarily to liberals, with little diversity in goals—and little success in achieving those goals. The second in a two-part series.

Improving schools requires diverse grantmaking

The Annenberg Challenge didn’t work to improve public schools, and educational grantmaking continues to flounder when it’s too monolithic. The first in a two-part series.

Ways to prevent employee burnout as a nonprofit manager

It can be tough for nonprofit employees to stay motivated in the summertime. Here are three simple steps that any nonprofit leader can take to prevent burnout.

A look at Anand Giridharadas' "Winners Take All"

Giridharadas prescribes the replacement of one center of power for another. Where does that leave civil society?

The assault on generosity and voluntary action

Enemies of private giving and voluntary action insist that only government should be allowed to improve the common good, and that alternatives to state power must be shut down, or taxed away.

The real story behind Alabama's return of $26m gift to law school donor

Donors and colleges can learn a few things from this philanthropic kerfuffle.


Giving Review Blog

Further thoughts on “other-side” giving

Searching for isolated, but incredibly powerful voices of authentic experience with utopian progressivism, who can speak about its excesses with an authority that scholars and activists don’t possess.

The underappreciated benefits of “other-side” policy-oriented giving

It may sometimes be a good idea for policy-oriented givers to consider supporting those on the other side of an otherwise-overarching ideological divide or with another worldview.

The Bradley Foundation’s role in helping build Miller Park: decisive and agile, with a strong sense of place

Remembering, and trying to learn from, a good philanthropic role played more than two decades ago.

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