Craig Kennedy

Craig Kennedy is a Senior Fellow with American Purpose.   He is the former president of The Joyce Foundation in Chicago and the German Marshall Fund.

Donald Rumsfeld, R.I.P.

Ivy League degree, military service, tough Midwesterner who could throw a punch when necessary.


Conservatives should applaud—not fight—efforts to change philanthropic giving rules

Conservatives would be wise to push for a bolder plan that addresses the conflation of political and charitable causes—and clearly defines what constitutes legitimate charitable goals. That’s the only way to ensure philanthropy doesn’t lose all credibility and become completely politicized. Let’s focus on what really matters.


Lessons about community-driven, grassroots efforts to deal with social ills

From Charles Koch and Robert L. Woodson, Sr., decades’ worth of accumulated wisdom, but differing perspectives.

A conversation with the American Enterprise Institute’s Ryan Streeter (Part 2 of 2)

The think tank’s director of domestic-policy studies talks to Craig Kennedy about the changing nature of philanthropy, different ways of thinking about grantmaking to better society, and think tanks.


A conversation with the American Enterprise Institute’s Ryan Streeter (Part 1 of 2)

The think tank’s director of domestic-policy studies talks to Craig Kennedy about state and local government, “compassionate conservatism,” and what philanthropy can do to replace stagnation with dynamism in our society.