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17
Mar
2020
Katrina, the coronavirus, and the idea of American community (Part 2 of 2): “We take care of our own”

Surveying crisis-caused civic involvement—and appreciating, and supporting, it.


16
Mar
2020
Katrina, the coronavirus, and the idea of American community (Part 1 of 2): How best to meet big challenges, together

Generate the moral energy for a reinvigorated central government, or rely on a bewilderingly diverse and dispersed network of local, decentralized civic institutions?


09
Feb
2020
Playing the philanthropic “long game”

Just as with “pulling the goalie,” properly assess the future, but in this case to “skate to the puck.” Don’t wait to skate—or, again analogizing to grantmaking, to spend.


30
Jan
2020
Philanthropically “pulling the goalie” earlier

Analogically, assessing the right risks of waiting to spend.


28
Jan
2020
It’s (still) time for humble philanthropy

From more than a decade ago, thoughts an what can best and most reliably be done by foundations.


27
Jan
2020
The Bradley Foundation and school choice in Milwaukee

To help mark National School Choice Week, a story of patience and perseverance.


09
Jan
2020
The foundation program staffer as intelligence officer

A good way to think about it.


18
Nov
2019
Before the Wall, Westminster; before Schabowske, Sheptytsky

With overriding principles of freedom and human dignity, underlying practices of patience and persistence.


04
Oct
2019
Public-discourse giving in a “reputation age”

If we’re moving from an “information age” to a “reputation age,” what are the implications for funding public discourse?


30
Sep
2019
Aspiring for truth in the attention economy

We’re in the midst one of the most-drastic changes in the flow of information in history. Policy-oriented funders need to change their strategies accordingly.