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02
Aug
2021

15
Jul
2021
Richard T. Ely, actually non-eerily, lives

The economist and Social Gospel movement leader thought and taught that some philanthropy “could and must come from government coercion,” as Ronald J. Pestritto reminds us in his new book on the rise and legacy of progressivism.


08
Jul
2021
Philanthropy in George Packer’s “four Americas”

Mostly in one of them, increasingly in another. But maybe it’s only “the terms of accreditation that have changed.” That would be bad.


06
Jul
2021
Thoughts on philanthropy from books featured in The Giving Review in the first half of 2021

A mid-year collection of interesting and insightful passages.


21
Jun
2021
Philanthropy in Sasha Issenberg’s The Engagement

New book about successful gay-marriage movement highlights role of some grantmakers who supported it—prominently including the Haas Fund and Tim Gill—and suggesting some funding lessons to be drawn, including by others and in any context.


11
Jun
2021
Revisiting benevolence, philanthropy, and identity in Civic Gifts

Elisabeth S. Clemens’ book—including its description of the March of Dimes, what would now be properly considered a “working charity,” in the polio crusade—impressively details questions about roles of, and relationship between, public and private sectors in meeting social challenges through American history.


08
Jun
2021
A conversation with Jackpot author Michael Mechanic (Part 2 of 2)

The Mother Jones senior editor talks to Michael E. Hartmann about the need for more and better thinking about the proper role of philanthropy in a democracy and people’s fear about being on the wrong side of America’s economic divide.


07
Jun
2021
A conversation with Jackpot author Michael Mechanic (Part 1 of 2)

The Mother Jones senior editor talks to Michael E. Hartmann about the state of journalism, including about philanthropy, and his new book on the super-rich, including their problems.


04
Jun
2021
Philanthropy, charity, and The Wealth Hoarders

Chuck Collins’ new book about the “Wealth Defense Industry” references its philanthropic component’s managerial elite, about which there should be more honest truth-telling and analysis.


17
May
2021
Money, morality, and musea

The elite arts-and-culture establishment, its echelons, and everyone else.