the Editors



The higher calling of fundraising

Several authors reflect on the value of nonprofit fundraising as a vocation and its role in strengthening our democracy. They also also offer important practical tips for fundraising professionals.


Introducing Philanthropy Daily’s forum on donor intent

Timely and timeless questions on the philanthropic principle of donor intent are being addressed in the wake of the fourth edition of Martin Morse Wooster’s seminal book on the subject.

Serendipity: How good (and bad) ideas spread

Despite technology’s role in distributing information, the diffusion of ideas is still essentially a social phenomenon.


Serendipity: The Future of Work

This collection of articles considers the issues facing human labor in our era of rapid change. What role might philanthropy play in ensuring that people not only survive the transition, but thrive in the midst of it?

Serendipity: Making Sense of Social Complexity

This collection of articles considers how we as individuals, groups, and society as a whole might make use of deeply human tools—from psychology to social learning—to make sense of the complex world in which we live.


Serendipity: Loneliness and Its Antidotes

A collection of articles to help us consider how to strengthen the ideas, institutions, and social practices that sustain a flourishing society.