Books & Ideas

Profiles in self-contradiction: a review of Boomers by Helen Andrews

Helen Andrews’ “BOOMERS: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster” not only offers a piercing insight into the Boomer generation and its self-destructive flaws—it holds up a mirror to ourselves, as well.

Local newspapers can help reduce polarization with opinion pages that focus on local issues

With polarization on the rise, local newspapers can make a big difference by focusing on local issues. This raises a funding issue—but if papers can generate local content, they can strengthen their communities and fight polarization.


A walk towards faith: a review of Walk With Me

Neal Freeman’s recent “Walk With Me” shares with readers Freeman’s walk towards faith—it’s ups and down and pitfalls and opportunities.

Walk With Me—The Perfect Easter Gift

This new, inspiring, and awakening spiritual memoir offers companionship on the soul’s search for the divine, on the believer’s quest for a new self.


Do More Than Give: A particularly dangerous book

The authors of “Do More Than Give” help their readers graduate to “catalytic philanthropy,” growing out of the adolescent practice of giving based on affection, connection, gratitude, or caring.

Compelling communications and the curse of knowledge

Why is it so hard to effectively communicate my point? Perhaps because you know too much. Here’s how to step back and strengthen your donor communications.


Restoring American pluralism through localism: a review of David French’s Divided We Fall

With America suffering dramatic disunity and tearing at the seams, we need a renewed commitment to liberalism and pluralism—and localism.

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Why do people give money to nonprofits?

As you look ahead to the new year—sure to be another exciting one, it seems—you might take a few minutes to consider where you can hone your messaging to better engage your donors.


Seneca the Younger’s advice for philanthropists

A new book from Princeton University press offers ancient wisdom for modern philanthropists.

Swearing mentors, learned helplessness, and pay-day loans: what Hillbilly Elegy teaches us about charity

J.D. Vance’s bestseller Hillbilly Elegy offers an unflinching inside look at rural America. We can learn a lot about charitable work in rural areas from this book.




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