People & Projects

Elon Musk, “philanthropist”

The strangeness of Elon Musk’s statement explaining his Twitter purchase exposes the strangeness of billionaire “philanthropy.”

Tidings from Gates’s latest transfer of wealth

The world’s fourth richest man hands his foundation a historic wad of cash, motivated by the need to help ‘suffering people.’

They are not the unremembered dead

Lee Edwards will see his idea and dream of profoundly remembering the victims of Marxist-Leninism become a reality.

Death by disassociation: a review of Them by Senator Ben Sasse

Loneliness is killing us. Ben Sasse’s “Them” addresses a growing health crisis today—loneliness—and the effect of loneliness on individual and communal health, as well as contemporary politics.

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.