Books & Ideas

“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.

Why ex-churchgoers flocked to Trump

This is a story about how the breakdown of civil society, not factories, inspired a Middle American movement around one man.

Just Justice?

Rob Reich’s book “Just Giving” is thoughtful and serious. But philanthropy has more varied aims than justice, and the pluralism he celebrates can only be fully honored when we allow philanthropists to pursue their own highest ideals.

Charles Dickens and the spirit of the season

Just as Easter is the holiday of music, Christmas is the holiday of literature.

Donors who help veterans

What are the best ways for donors to help veterans?