Politics & Giving

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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.

Improving schools requires diverse grantmaking

The Annenberg Challenge didn’t work to improve public schools, and educational grantmaking continues to flounder when it’s too monolithic. The first in a two-part series.


The assault on generosity and voluntary action

Enemies of private giving and voluntary action insist that only government should be allowed to improve the common good, and that alternatives to state power must be shut down, or taxed away.

Philanthropy should be localist

A localist viewpoint can help give shape and purpose to our philanthropic giving.


Conservative policy funders have become as impatient as liberal donors

Restoring a more patient philanthropy means backing away from the obsession with immediate policy and political outcomes.

What went wrong (and right) with conservative philanthropy

The story of conservative policy philanthropy from Barry Goldwater to Donald Trump.


Should the NRA fear losing its ‘nonprofit status’?

More likely dangers include administrative hassles and fines.

Following its crisis, will the SPLC truly change?

“The SPLC,” staffers would joke, “Making hate pay.”




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