Cancel culture in philanthropy

It’s not always unwise to remove someone’s name from a building or an award. But we should make that decision with accurate information.

Time for nonprofits to develop DAF strategies

Donor-advised funds represent a growing portion of the charitable sector. Before we introduce new regulations, nonprofits should get more strategic about them.

Program officers should be skeptical of proposals that promise too much

Foundation program officers look for bold proposals that promise the outcomes they are hoping for. This can skew their ability to assess them.

What is charity?

“Charity” and “philanthropy” are not equivalent ways of helping your neighbor. One—a Christian virtue—flows from love. The other—sterile and secular—is born out of duty.

Donor-advised funds and small foundations should not be targets for government regulation

Involving the government in charitable giving is neither wise nor innocuous—and it poses the greatest risk to DAFs and small foundations.

Efforts to reform charitable giving should be cautious

The Initiative to Accelerate Charitable giving is not without merit, but it does little to accelerate charitable giving.

Feminist college funders and the problem of donor intent

Philanthropy in higher education has a storied history of donor intent abuses. Clear and firm restrictions are the only way to protect your goals.

Culture and anti-culture in philanthropy

The Christian tradition in the West knows the difference between charity and philanthropy, and thinkers in the East would benefit from using this distinction, too.

Barstool funding: grassroots civil society in action

As extended government lockdowns continue to shutter businesses across the country, Dave Portnoy launched a creative idea to offer reprieve and save a few businesses.

A truism without truth

It’s accepted as obvious that fundraising is harder thanks to the pandemic. That may not be true, though—here’s why.