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Happy Thanksgiving!

Reflecting on civil society and our gratitude for voluntary associations this Thanksgiving Day.

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The John and Daria Barry Foundation: Investing in local anti-poverty initiatives

The Barry Foundation and the Woodson Center demonstrate how local knowledge can create solutions to fighting poverty.

New study: religious faith and reading the Bible increases generosity

A new study from the American Bible Society shows that “Practicing Christians” and “Bible Users” remain more generous than non-religious Americans—and that this trend held steady through the pandemic.

Should philanthropies be permanent?

Center for Civil Society director, Jack Fowler, sat down with Heather Higgins, Dick DeVos, and John Miller to consider whether philanthropies ought to sunset.

DonorsTrust launches new “Giving Ventures” podcast

In the first episode of “Giving Ventures,” DonorsTrust investigates poverty in America and interviews three nonprofits dedicated to reducing it.

Troubleshooting Midlevel Donor Programs

Are you overlooking your mid-level donors in your acknowledgment procedures? Maybe you’re overlooking major donors, too.

Donor intent and religious education

Questions around abuse of donor intent make their way to high schools, in a new lawsuit about a $1.35 million pledge to a Catholic school in Florida.

The Center for Civil Society: a response to our needs

Crushed under so much turbulence and division, civil society today needs its friends.

4 findings shed light on crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is on the rise in charitable giving. While exact data on crowdfunding isn’t available, here is some insight into the typical donor.

Good news for donors who only get bad news

The new Center for Civil Society will help donors support their communities, without becoming overwhelmed by options or paralyzed by “impact.”