Opinion

Certificates of need limit options and inflate prices

Occupational licensing and certificates of need limit the market’s ability to serve public need—especially during a pandemic.

Identity in a thin society

Our social fabric is tearing at the seams. We need cultural rites and civic institutions to offer individuals a meaningful membership in a community.


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Should private philanthropy influence public education?

Andrea Gabor, professor of Business Journalism at CUNY, worries at the role private philanthropists play in public education. Unfortunately, her criticisms come up wanting.

Checking the power of progressive “Big Philanthropy”

Average Americans think that average Americans should fix our country’s problems. But Big Philanthropy has other plans.


Parents, children, and donor intent

It’s a too-familiar theme: conservative parents start foundations and liberal children change the foundation’s giving goals. Is there any way to protect conservative donor intent after they pass away?

Honoring donor intent in times of crisis

Grantmaking foundations have a responsibility to step up to the plate during crisis, but they also must respect their donor’s wishes. Here is how one foundation managed to thread that needle.


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In praise of anonymity

Anonymous donors are a rare an interesting breed, and we should celebrate the humility that gives birth to anonymity. And yet, we may not want all giving to be anonymous.

A review of motives from Giving Pledge signatories

Reviewing the letters from Giving Pledge signers shows repeating motives. Many state both a desire to be selfless and a desire to have an outsized impact.


Teaching compassion and virtue to citizens today

Today’s virulent political discourse needs an influx of compassion and virtue. Here’s how donors might support that.

Want to do more for your favorite charity? Consider a planned gift

In the wake of COVID-19, many nonprofits have more need while many individuals have less to give. At the same time, many are considering their mortality and updating their wills. This is a great time to have planned giving on your mind.




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