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27
May
2021
Visiting, and valuing, an old friend

Frank Shakespeare.


21
May
2021
Revisiting Tocqueville, technology, and the Tittabawassee

As shown in and by Sanford, Mich., starting one year ago, it’s often when massive devastation is visited on a population that it discovers its true character.


13
May
2021
Among nonprofits, competition and collaboration—and cognitive dissonance

What gives, and to what to give?


30
Apr
2021
We agree, foundations should be held accountable for high salaries and staggering expenses

A letter to the editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy.


26
Apr
2021
Getting lost on the way to root causes

In any real-life revision of the parable so often cited by philanthropists, there’s a strong likelihood that the philanthropists forging their way upstream to the source of the problem will never get there. As with the challenge of homelessness in L.A., they will instead become hopelessly entangled in the real-world obstacles that invariably complicate the drive for simplistic, root-cause solutions.


19
Apr
2021
Conservative givers should do something different than politics

Washington, D.C., is not where the important battles of the day are fought. Change the culture first.


15
Apr
2021
Navigating the financial, political, and information constraints on large-scale philanthropy

Place-based strategies seem attractive to overcome these constraints, but while they help ameliorate financial and political challenges, they actually exacerbate information challenges.


09
Apr
2021
Creeping corporate Kadetism?

Revisiting the risky confidence and nihilistic moral certainty of an intelligentsia—this time, of Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, and Delta.


22
Mar
2021
Conservatives should applaud—not fight—efforts to change philanthropic giving rules

Conservatives would be wise to push for a bolder plan that addresses the conflation of political and charitable causes—and clearly defines what constitutes legitimate charitable goals. That’s the only way to ensure philanthropy doesn’t lose all credibility and become completely politicized. Let’s focus on what really matters.


17
Mar
2021