Books & Ideas

A look at Anand Giridharadas’ “Winners Take All”

Giridharadas prescribes the replacement of one center of power for another. Where does that leave civil society?

Realism vs. radicalism: the practice and promise of philanthropy

Phil Buchanan’s “Giving Done Right” offers practical advice to grantmakers during times of radical outcry.


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.

Back row America: the fascinating work of Chris Arnade

Bond trader-turned-writer and photojournalist of the “down-and-out,” Arnade has insightful lessons to share with philanthropists who are serious about helping the poor.


“Art of the Steal” raises tough questions about donor intent

A documentary that details the fight over the stewardship of a $25-billion art collection raises enduring questions of donor intent.

A book for people who hate these kinds of books

Reviewing Jeremy Beer and Jeff Cain’s “The Forgotten Foundations of Fundraising: Practical Advice and Contrarian Wisdom for Nonprofit Leaders.”


Creeping credentialism and the bureaucratization of charity

Expertly deflating the pretensions of those who would make fundraising a bureaucratic and esoteric profession, this book takes on the creeping trend of professionalization in philanthropy.

Loving mankind poorly

A review of Daniel J. Mahoney’s “The Idol of Our Age: How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity.”


Why some places thrive while others collapse

Reviewing Timothy P. Carney’s “Alienated America.”

There’s no such thing as free speech

Reviewing “Liberal Suppression: Section 501(c)(3) and the Taxation of Speech” by Philip Hamburger.




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