Politics & Giving

How NYC nonprofits use public money to promote their political agendas

Next time you see protesters picketing something in Manhattan, be aware that a third—or more—of their salaries comes from New York City and the state of New York.

Philanthropy is power — for better and worse

Considering the principle of “subsidiarity” as a way to untangle the complex relationship between philanthropy, power, and justice.


Is the business of business business?

Sector-bending has always been a symptom of a larger intellectual problem: utopianism.

Beyond left and right in politics

The political right and left are intellectually bankrupt, uninspiring, and unnuanced. We must rely on—and promote—philanthropy and the nonprofit sector to advance a healthy society.


Teach for America and charter schools: an unholy alliance?

Do funders supporting Teach for America and charter schools wield too much power to determine where teachers are placed?

How pervasive is extreme poverty in America?

It’s a common complaint that vast swathes of Americans live on less than two dollars a day. But is this research accurate?


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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.


Professionalized “nonprofit management’s” ability to strengthen America’s invaluable voluntary sector: be very skeptical

Are management training and statistical measurement really the keys to solving our deepest social problems?

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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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