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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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A look at how one mega-donor chooses to be actively involved in his giving

Billionaire donor James Simons is an interesting example of active and engaged philanthropy: a mathematician actively involved in advancing research through his Institute.

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Campus debate, formal and informal: a review of George R. La Noue’s “Silenced Stages”

George R. La Noue, in his latest book, discussed the loss of debate on college campuses. Free speech may be seeing tough times, but is debate so absent?

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Higher education: government funding and philanthropic involvement

Federal funding helps drive up the cost of higher education. A recent study helps to see where federal higher education dollars go, in order to inform how philanthropists might best support higher education.

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Panhandlers and moral culpability

Most of us have wrestled with the question of whether to support a panhandler. Does our lack of knowledge about how our gift will be used make us morally culpable?