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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.


28
Oct
2019

23
Oct
2019
Philanthropy and homelessness in L.A. (Part 3 of 3): An alternative look at why things might have gone so wrong, and how grantmakers could perhaps do better

In wake of USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy’s must-read report, third of three-part series offers different take on applying theory, facing reality, and learning lessons for future giving.


22
Oct
2019
Philanthropy and homelessness in L.A. (Part 2 of 3): Ongoing and growing doubt about whether promoted public policies are working

In wake of USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy’s must-read report, second of three-part series tracks depressingly increasing evidence of failure.