Opinion

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.

Fraying civil society—how charity can help

The Social Capital Project makes specific recommendations on how the charitable endeavors and incentives can help repair our fraying civil society.


Charity, rich and poor: an interview with Benjamin Priday

Benjamin Priday, a doctoral candidate in economics at Texas A&M, researches charitable giving an economics. We reached out to learn more about his work.

Philanthropy and the common good at Notre Dame

A course at the University of Notre Dame—made possible by the Philanthropy Lab—gives undergraduates the opportunity to make up to $85,000 in grants to nonprofits. Here’s how the process went.




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