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22
Nov
2022
Gratitude

Thank you.


01
Nov
2022
Recalling the debate between Robert Egger and Pablo Eisenberg about nonprofits and politics

Egger: “I question openly whether those laws were designed by people to keep us right where we are. … [O]ur ultimate goal is to change the laws.”

Eisenberg: “[H]e strongly believes that the regulations governing nonprofits are too restrictive and should be changed to allow nonprofits to participate directly in political campaigns and partisan politics … and I heartily disagree.”


24
Oct
2022
Pablo Eisenberg, R.I.P.

Recalling, and appreciating, his insistence on support for the grassroots and willingness to criticize the powerful.


21
Oct
2022

12
Oct
2022
Time to reform donor-advised funds

Floating a four-element ACE Act alternative.


07
Oct
2022
Again remembering Memorial, now a Nobel Peace Prize awardee

Levels of ambition, including philanthropic, the impossibility of a “New Man,” and the consequences of trying to create him.


05
Oct
2022
Philanthropy, volunteering, and disasters

In southwest Florida after Hurricane Ian, thousands of people are pitching in to help their next-door neighbor and also the unknown victim of a flat tire in the middle of a busy road.


26
Sep
2022
Reforming §501(c)(4) organizations

Using one guiding principle, here are two proposed reforms to improve the permissions, restrictions, and tax advantages around 501(c)4s.


20
Sep
2022
Time to separate philanthropy and politics

Here are four serious proposals to separate “charitable” and “political” giving.


16
Sep
2022
Where’s the outrage about Yvon Chouinard?

Apparently, the value of philanthropy is determined by the worldview of the gift-giver.