Opinion

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John Arnold’s government fix for charitable woes

Though he notes some reasonable concerns about the poor use of certain giving vehicles, John Arnold’s expectation that government regulation can fix things is off base.

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Echo chambers diminish trust

Through internet algorithms and curated social media feeds, echo chambers are becoming increasingly common. That means trust is increasingly less common.


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Capitalism and moral purpose

While not all companies and corporations care about more than profit, some do. OE Custom is a furniture company that uses downed trees to create high-end wood furniture.

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Toward a Protestant conception of charity

Protestants and Catholics agree that charity is needful—but theological differences underlie the reasons for charity.


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20th century evangelical philanthropy: a review of David P. King’s “God’s Internationalists”

In the post-war era, evangelicalism took on a unique level of cultural influence, leading in part to the growth of World Vision. David P. King covers this growth in his new book, “God’s Internationalists.”

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Crowdfunding and contingency: does storytelling distract from effective giving?

In a recent piece in the New Yorker, Nathan Heller worries that GoFundMe exacerbates the problem of using stories to exploit the emotions in order to generate donations—rather than relying on more data-driven giving.


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Donor advised “dark money”?

It is often argued that donor-advised funds are a “dark money” ploy to funnel money without proper oversight—but are they really so nefarious?

Equity and inclusion

Internal university assessments are succumbing to the bureaucratic jargon that obfuscates, rather than facilitates, a healthy learning environment.


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Feeding the beast and addressing the “evidence gap”

Four major foundations are joining arms for a $40M project, “Reimagining the Civic Commons”. There is good news and bad news.

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Nudging, Incentivizing, and Penalizing: A Review of “Money Well Spent”

In “Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy” authors Paul Brest and Hal Harvey offer a vision of strategic philanthropy that is more concerned with social change than selfless love.




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