Matthew Gerken

Matthew Gerken

Matthew Gerken joined American Philanthropic after serving as a program officer at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, where he organized the Institute’s first-ever collegiate debating symposium. He studied intellectual history as an undergraduate at Yale, and has experience in education, event planning, and foundation research. An Illinois native, he currently resides in Wilmington, DE, with his wife.

The madness of metrics

How philanthropy’s obsession with metrics makes complete gibberish out of grant proposals.

4 ways foundations make bad decisions

If you work for a foundation, you probably don’t get much negative feedback. As a neutral party, I’m here to tell you what your grantees won’t.

Contradicting the cult of conciseness: why less isn’t always more

Perhaps we’ve gone too far in our obsession with three-word slogans and bullet-point presentations.

Why suburban malls survive

As long as there are suburbs, the essential communal and civic needs that drove Austrian architect Victor Gruen to design shopping malls will remain.

Democrats and the ethics of direct mail

A social media kerfuffle erupted on the left when an activist took issue with a misleading piece of direct mail he received from the Democratic National Committee…

Workaholics and the cult of busy

Is workaholism a sign of virtue, or the rotten fruit of an exploitative system?