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Newly unearthed documents reveal heiress Cordelia Scaife May’s philanthropic legacy

The legacy of a mid-century environmentalist socialite whose laser-focused philanthropy helped sow the seeds of anti-immigration policy

Who’s afraid of nonprofit overhead?

Five prominent foundations recently pledged to support more overhead expenses. This is good news—but will it really be a radical shift in the landscape of fundraising?


Nonprofit employment is rising, in raw numbers and at a rapid rate

Those who care about the sector should be a little unsettled.


Legal battle over Kurtis Froedtert’s wishes, a warning to donors everywhere

A legal battle developing in Milwaukee over the wishes of philanthropist Kurtis Froedtert ought to remind donors everywhere to be very careful in how their wills are phrased.

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John Arnold’s government fix for charitable woes

Though he notes some reasonable concerns about the poor use of certain giving vehicles, John Arnold’s expectation that government regulation can fix things is off base.


T. Boone Pickens dies at 91, and the response is encouraging

As the public and the media respond to the passing of T. Boone Pickens, it is interesting to reflect on his broad and generous giving, and how this conduces to a healthy civil society.

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Breaking news: we are not attracted to effective altruists

A study conducted at the Crockett Lab at Yale University suggests that in our search for spouses and friends, we rather distrust utilitarians.


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Billionaire philanthropist, David Koch, dies at 79

David Koch’s conservative and libertarian giving drew much praise and much criticism during his life. It is embarrassing, however, to see celebrations of his passing on the day of his death.

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Philanthropist Lisa Greer has insights for fundraisers

A recent interview at Philanthropy.com with philanthropist Lisa Greer raises some important issues for fundraisers. Greer has some good advice—and has some ideas in need of further questioning.




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