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23
Mar
2020
Political and charitable contributions “crowding out” each other, consumptively

The two different types of giving are substitutive, researchers find. If so, there would be implications worth exploration.


03
Mar
2020
Philanthropy plays part in Darren Dochuk’s history of how oil-industry leaders transformed America

Organized standardization and independent wildcatting can show up in grantmaking, too.


02
Mar
2020
Understanding philanthropy within the American political order

Progressive philanthropy will be frustrated in its ultimate aim to achieve a fully just and equal society, because it is working against the grain of our order, in pursuit of an abstract, utopian goal.


06
Jan
2020
What the anti-poverty activists hath wrought

Profiles in Howard Husock’s new book tell a larger story, engagingly tracing an unfortunate development: the displacement of civil society by the state.


20
Dec
2019
What givers can learn from Clarence in It’s a Wonderful Life

An important charitable lesson from the classic Christmas film.


18
Dec
2019
The price of prayer

Examining whether “thoughts and prayers” substitute for or complement material help.


21
Nov
2019
The subversiveness of charity

By suggesting that our vast network of social services isn’t adequate to the task of meeting human needs, the everyday charitable acts of Americans “threaten” to carve out islands of independent civic initiative, free from the heavy-handed guidance and arrogant expertise of philanthropic reformers.


05
Nov
2019
Similarities in some strategies and tactics

George Soros’ new book notes “pitfalls and paradoxes” of philanthropy in ways that seem quite familiar.


04
Nov
2019
A one-sided social compact

As establishment philanthropy defends its position in American society, it would do well to tend to more than just one flank.


31
Oct
2019
Virginia Walden Ford’s is the great American story

A role reversal, and its own grand renewal.