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01
Jul
2021
Donald Rumsfeld, R.I.P.

Ivy League degree, military service, tough Midwesterner who could throw a punch when necessary.


28
Jun
2021

25
Jun
2021
The liberal philanthropic establishment and the President’s anti-crime strategy

Some of biggest pillars of America’s liberal philanthropic establishment to not just financially support, but actually participate in project.


24
Jun
2021
“Slow philanthropy”?

Remember who won the race.


21
Jun
2021
Philanthropy Roundtable’s Elise Westhoff, CEP’s Phil Buchanan directly address recent sharp disagreements

Online Murdock Trust conversation features lively exchanges.


21
Jun
2021
Philanthropy in Sasha Issenberg’s The Engagement

New book about successful gay-marriage movement highlights role of some grantmakers who supported it—prominently including the Haas Fund and Tim Gill—and suggesting some funding lessons to be drawn, including by others and in any context.


17
Jun
2021

15
Jun
2021
A conversation with Brent Haglund about environmentalism, property ownership, and civil society (Part 2 of 2)

The retired “civic environmentalist” talks to Michael E. Hartmann and Daniel P. Schmidt about the Green New Deal, some successes of conservative environmentalism, and the perils of polarized philanthropic funding of environmental activity.


14
Jun
2021
A conversation with Brent Haglund about environmentalism, property ownership, and civil society (Part 1 of 2)

The retired “civic environmentalist” talks to Michael E. Hartmann and Daniel P. Schmidt about Aldo Leopold, the Land Ethic, and the Sand County Foundation he led for more than three decades.


11
Jun
2021
Revisiting benevolence, philanthropy, and identity in Civic Gifts

Elisabeth S. Clemens’ book—including its description of the March of Dimes, what would now be properly considered a “working charity,” in the polio crusade—impressively details questions about roles of, and relationship between, public and private sectors in meeting social challenges through American history.