DAVID CALLAHAN is founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy. He has written extensively on trends in philanthropy, as well as American culture, public policy and business. David is author, most recently, of The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age.
Before launching Inside Philanthropy in 2014, David co-founded Demos, the national think tank, where he held various leadership positions and conducted research on a wide range of issues related to economic and political inequality, as well as writing on moral values, professional ethics and business. Previously, David was a resident scholar at the Century Foundation and managing editor of the American Prospect, the public policy journal.
In addition to The Givers, David is the author of seven widely reviewed books on domestic and international issues, including The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead. He has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs, including major networks and national NPR shows. He has published numerous op-ed and feature articles, including in the New York Times and Washington Post. He has spoken at over 150 universities and associations around the U.S., frequently as a keynote speaker.
David is a graduate of Hampshire College and received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, where he studied American politics and international relations. David lives in Santa Monica, California.
Ted Turner's $1 billion pledge to U.N. causes in 1997 ushered in a new era of big philanthropy. Twenty years later, we look at what this gift achieved.
Chris Stone is out as president of OSF. What led to his departure from one of the world's largest foundations? And what challenges, internal and external, does OSF face as it confronts a new era of authoritarianism?
Sean Parnell of The Philanthropy Roundtable and David Callahan, author of The Givers, have an extended debate over the book's ideas and policy prescriptions.
A report that the New America Foundation ousted a leading critic of Google, one of its funders, has raised familiar questions about where supposedly independent policy groups get their money.
With ever more untraceable money moving through philanthropy to shape public policy and public life, it's time to reckon with the dangers of this trend and overhaul an outdated set of disclosure rules.
The first anti-trafficking group in the U.S., working locally with survivors who've escaped bondage, is now going stronger than ever. Where does its funding come from?
Nat Williams and the Black Social Change Funders Network argue that under-investment in black-led organizations is hurting the social justice sector writ large. What needs to change?
Everywhere we look, donor-advised funds and venture philanthropy groups are growing as new wealth floods the sector. We sort through the upsides and downsides of this trend.
Rockefeller's many decades as a leading figure in philanthropy were marked by a patient belief in the power of institutions to make change. Here's an in-depth look at what he believed and how he gave.
The situation on the Korean peninsula is increasingly scary. What can philanthropy realistically do to help shape outcomes here? And which funders are on the case?
Despite heavy grantmaking over decades, the Mott Foundation hasn't been able to stop the devastation of Flint, MI by larger forces. Is place-based philanthropy a losing strategy in a complex world?
For many people chasing grants, program officers can be hard to read and the ways they operate can seem mysterious. A recent study offers some much-needed insights regarding these agents of wealth.
After a decade of epic giving, with $3.2 billion going out the door just last week, Buffett is much richer than when he started. We check in on one of the most fascinating stories of big philanthropy.
When was the last time a new foundation chief arrived with 57,000 Twitter followers? Meet Richard Besser, who's coming to Robert Wood Johnson from ABC News and has serious star potential.
It's hard to think of a top foundation head who's been more successful in recent decades than Lavizzo-Mourey. As she departs her post, here's a deep dive into what she did and how she did it.
Corporate foundations are getting more sophisticated, and even moving ahead of private foundations in some cases by taking a more holistic view of how change happens. What's that mean for fundraisers?
Get ready for a new kind of class warfare: the super rich against the super rich. We look at the mega givers who'll lead the charge against the Trump administration.
It's hard to think of another top foundation CEO who has more dramatically remade the organization he or she leads. What has all this change added up to? And where's Knight going next?
Many philanthropists are far wealthier than they were just a few ago, and that's unlikely to change much even when there is a stock market correction. Here's what this run-up in assets could mean for giving.
Did The Givers go too easy on "arrogant" wealthy donors? Or is it an alarmist attack on philanthropy that offers "damaging" solutions? Here's what the critics said—and why they're (mostly) wrong.
Let's stop buying the excuse that top philanthropists can’t find smart ways to give away more of their wealth—and start pushing them harder to give more and give now.
As foundation impact investing gains steam, more critics of this idea are also emerging. Some know what they're talking about. Others don't.
The emergence of Steve and Connie Ballmer as major givers is one of the more intriguing stories in philanthropy right now. New twists and turns keep coming—including important news last week.
It's a good time to contemplate ways for the super-wealthy to give away their fortunes without putting themselves in the driver's seat of civil society. Are community foundations a solution?
IP founder and editor David Callahan looks at the growing influence of philanthropy in an age of diminished public sector resources in today's New York Times.
Jeff Bezos is nearly the richest person in the world, with a net worth of $84 billion, and he's asking for ideas to guide Bezos family philanthropy that address "the right now." We can think of a couple.
A new report on charitable giving seems to be encouraging. But consider this: The top 1 percent of U.S. households, with assets of over $30 trillion, gave away less than half of one percent of their wealth.
With his annual giving now over $600 million, Bloomberg hopes to spread his no-nonsense ideas for improving global health–namely, by looking beyond trendy causes to "overlooked killers."
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