Research & Reports

Why some places thrive while others collapse

Reviewing Timothy P. Carney’s “Alienated America.”

The state of our neighborhood communities is not strong

A recent survey reveals that Americans are expecting too little from their communities and too much from a distant central power.


Study reveals damage done by insidious licensing laws

If fighting poverty is philanthropy’s primary task, then foundations and donors ought to take note of the high economic and moral damage done by insidious occupational licensing laws.

Survey reveals public confidence in philanthropy across party lines

In our extremely polarized age, this is a very good piece of news.


The price of prayer

A recent study examined whether “thoughts and prayers” are substitutes or compliments to material help.

Partisanship and philanthropy, again

Add the name of one more victim to our ongoing Culture Wars: Charity.


Do happy faces or sad faces raise more money?

Including different facial expressions in fundraising pitches can change how people respond, research suggests

How should philanthropy respond to America’s “loneliness” problem?

A look at the research behind what some sociologists have called an “epidemic of loneliness.”


Shoddy scholarship for shoddier motives

Whether they fight donor intent or malign a whole field of study, the AAUP, AFT, and UnKoch My Campus have a vested interest in promoting shoddy academic work that reinforces their viewpoint and agenda.