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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

18
Feb
2021
The price of nonprofits’ political activism, and who pays it

Theda Skocpol and Caroline Tervo tell the story of Indivisible and its donor-driven succumbing to the siren call of “the DC-based nonprofit industrial complex.”


03
Feb
2021
The Ford Foundation, the 1967 Cleveland mayoral election, and the 1969 Tax Reform Act

Examining the origin of some of the official lines, at least as originally drawn, between charity and politics.


01
Feb
2021
Memory, St. Elizabeth, and her giving

We must steadfastly strive to see, and necessarily recall, others’ witness—so we can take the chances they give us to do so, too.


12
Jan
2021
Carnegie’s midnight confession

The appropriate context within which its eugenic past should be considered.


11
Jan
2021
The fate of philanthropic funding for faded “blue ribbons”

More money, but meaning less?