theGiving Review

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22
July
2019
Overstating the role of philanthropy in education reform

In Milwaukee, it didn’t start with any grantmaker. The indispensable groundwork was laid by parents concerned about the education of their children.


17
July
2019
Further thoughts on “other-side” giving

Searching for isolated, but incredibly powerful voices of authentic experience with utopian progressivism, who can speak about its excesses with an authority that scholars and activists don’t possess.


16
July
2019
The underappreciated benefits of “other-side” policy-oriented giving

It may sometimes be a good idea for policy-oriented givers to consider supporting those on the other side of an otherwise-overarching ideological divide or with another worldview.


29
May
2019
Conservative policy funders have become as impatient as liberal donors

Restoring a more patient philanthropy means backing away from the obsession with immediate policy and political outcomes.


08
May
2019
What went wrong (and right) with conservative philanthropy

The story of conservative policy philanthropy from Barry Goldwater to Donald Trump.


21
June
2018
Lessons in conservative philanthropy

Conservative philanthropy appears to be on the threshold of a new phase in its history.


16
May
2017

24
April
2017
Americans are sick of foundations and other elite institutions that ‘know best’

American philanthropy is thoroughly, fundamentally elitist. In the Trump era, it will be tempted to pursue political activity that will only make that fact painfully apparent to the American people…