Politics & Giving

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Donors: be wary of “scam PACs”

Lightly-regulated “scam PACs” are known to use extensive telephone fundraising and dishonest claims in order, ostensibly, to raise money for political campaigns. In reality, the majority of the money raised is not making it to the politician or the campaign, but instead paying extravagant salaries and consultant fees.

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The Meow Wolf art collective funds its work without controversial mega-donors

Recent criticisms of major donations from donors like the Sackler family raise questions about the future of funding the arts. The Meow Wolf art collective models a new approach.


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A YouGov poll indicates a dramatic “Perception Gap”

Political polarization is getting worse in America. A poll by YouGov points to some ways we might reduce polarization and promote civil society.

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Budgeting for charity: a new way for the government to encourage giving

The full effect of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has yet to be seen. Nevertheless, a bipartisan bill in the House has the ability to spur giving by donors of all sizes.


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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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My students see giving money away as a good thing but they’re getting leery of billionaire donors

People are growing wary of billionaire donors and their outsized influence in civil society and the nonprofit sector. The author looks at objections to, and defenses of, billionaire philanthropy, showing the complexity of giving.


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Want to help first-gen students? Think beyond scholarships

We often operate under the misconception that scholarships are the only—or at least best—way to support first-generation college students. That’s not the case, and there are several alternative ways to support first-gen students instead.

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Schemes to protect donor intent gone awry

A questionable donor-intent protection scheme is resulting in a lawsuit of Hillsdale College against the University of Missouri.


What Do Confederate Flags Have to Do with Notre Dame?

In the wake of the fire damaging the Cathedral of Notre Dame, philanthropic elites pledged hundreds of millions of dollars in support of restoration. Is this a good use of philanthropic funds?

Observations and recommendations on education grantmaking

Education grants tend to go primarily to liberals, with little diversity in goals—and little success in achieving those goals. The second in a two-part series.




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