Travis LaCouter

Travis LaCouter

Travis LaCouter is a doctoral candidate in theology at the University of Oxford. Before coming to Oxford, Travis worked as an editor, blogger, and nonprofit professional in Washington, D.C. He is currently a Junior Associate with the Institute for the Study of Philosophy, Politics, and Religion at the University of Cambridge. He graduated as valedictorian from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. 

The charitable tax deduction turns 100

2017 marked the centennial of the passage of the War Revenue Act, which introduced the charitable deduction. Here’s the story.


Putting panhandlers to work still works — and it’s still unpopular

Will such efforts end panhandling or eliminate poverty?




The stories we tell ourselves about our Great Men

The stories we tell about philanthropists, such as Ray Kroc or Warren Buffet, matter because they suggest an implicit vision of society and social change.

‘Big Philanthropy’ tries to channel ‘Big Ideas’—does it work?

Billionaire philanthropist Nicolas Berggruen’s current project is what he calls a “secular monastery” in the hills of Los Angeles – a lavish, sprawling think-tank-cum-oasis where thinkers can work on the biggest issues of the age…