Jonathan Hannah

Jonathan Hannah joined the Law School in 2018 after five years as director of foundation relations at the University of Notre Dame. He is also currently a professional specialist in the political science department where he teaches a course on philanthropy and the common good.  Jonathan previously worked as a policy analyst in Washington, D.C., and has been an instructor at the Lewis University College of Business.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Xavier University, a master’s degree from Lewis University, and a juris doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy. He was a Fulbright scholar in 2015 and participated in an International Education Administrator program in Germany.


What Malcolm Gladwell gets wrong (and right) about university endowments

Malcolm Gladwell’s critique of university endowments is not misguided, but it fails to ask some key questions.

Lawmakers should make donor-advised funds more appealing, not less

Efforts to legislate philanthropy should focus on making charitable giving benefits accessible to more Americans—not more complicated and less accessible.


A more equitable charitable tax policy

In 2020 and 2021, all taxpayers will be able to take a $300 above-the-line deduction. This is good, but there is room to expand the policy to the benefit of taxpayers and their communities.

A tax policy for the common good: renew the CARES Act’s charitable tax deduction permanently

The 2020 CARES Act offered average taxpayers a $300 above-the-line charitable deduction. This should be extended permanently, for the sake of the common good.


Philanthropy and the common good at Notre Dame

A course at the University of Notre Dame—made possible by the Philanthropy Lab—gives undergraduates the opportunity to make up to $85,000 in grants to nonprofits. Here’s how the process went.