People & Projects

How a Philadelphia nun transformed the tax code

Curiously, the “Philadelphia Nun Provision” sits at the genesis of today’s charitable tax deduction

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Philanthropic giving in action: the Atlas Network’s Ukraine Freedom Fund

The Atlas Network shows how nonprofits can seamlessly support those in need, without the involvement of government and red tape.

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Martin Luther King’s legacy for liberal education

When remembering Martin Luther King, we should remember his identity as a scholar and professor—and the role that liberal education played in his life.

A billionaire discovers the widow’s mite

Mackenzie Scott, while giving out billions of dollars at an impressive click, is starting to ask very smart questions about philanthropy.

Active listening: how one family foundation impacted a region

The Pascale Sykes Foundation has spent its years focused on Southern New Jersey—learning the specific needs of the region, and responding accordingly. Here’s what we did.

What Malcolm Gladwell gets wrong (and right) about university endowments

Malcolm Gladwell’s critique of university endowments is not misguided, but it fails to ask some key questions.

Andrew Carnegie’s advice for philanthropists

There were certainly some big mistakes along the way, but Carnegie’s advice to philanthropists is not without merit.

Belongingness in an age of woke philanthropy

Elise Westhoff’s stance on woke philanthropy from the helm of The Philanthropy Roundtable carves out space for donors who want to oppose today’s “woke” fads.

Keeping orchestras solvent today: an interview with Henry Peyrebrune, part two

In the wake of lockdowns and increased digital use and access, keeping orchestras funded and relevant will be no small task. They need to engage donors and make the experience excellent.

On supporting musicians: an interview with Henry Peyrebrune

NoteWorthy Credit Union makes loans that banks won’t make. This is civil society at work, supporting culture in a way that the for-profit sector cannot.