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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.


11
May
2021
The causes and consequences of growing distrust between elites and non-elites

And what can be done about it, including by philanthropy.


08
Apr
2021
Like actual jackpots, Jackpot loses a little luster after a winning beginning

Michael Mechanic’s forthcoming book well-describes “how the super-rich really live,” then promotes a progressive social-justice agenda that would supposedly prevent wealth from “harming us all.”


08
Mar
2021
Ken Dayton on good nonprofit-board governance

John Tuso’s new book recalls his advice succinctly: simply support and supervise management. CEOs shouldn’t surrender, and boards shouldn’t usurp, power. In the nonprofit context particularly, directors should also be willing to do more when asked.


01
Mar
2021
Philanthropy in The Dictatorship of Woke Capital

Stephen R. Soukup’s straightforward explanation of increasing, and increasingly destructive, “wokism” in the country’s for-profit sector necessarily includes the role of some who are also in, and/or are acting through, the nonprofit sector.