Natalie Ossenfort of the Alliance for Justice argues that proposals to clip the wings of big donors will do more harm than good. David Callahan responds, warning about the growing dominance of civil society by wealth holders.
While a massive infusion of new wealth into OSF isn't expected to change its grantmaking in the near-term, the news underscores the earthquake in modern philanthropy as living donors write (much) bigger checks.
Community foundations are a huge part of North Carolina’s philanthropy scene, and part of their success is attributable to an effective affiliate network. We take a closer look.
Wealthy individuals of color give generously to philanthropic causes, but largely do so in isolation, cut off from other donors of color and key networks of white peers. A new effort aims to change that.
Budgeting for grantmaking every year isn't as easy as it looks. And for newer health legacy foundations in particular, which have often experienced rapid growth, it can be especially tricky.
The Boston Foundation has a grant program that lets staff members vote on a deserving local nonprofit. Here's how that works and the types of groups that tend to catch the staff's attention.
Mini-grants, which are often in the range of $250 to $2,500, have an important place in institutional philanthropy, even though you don't hear much about them.
It’s been cool to see a top foundation throw open its doors to any and all ideas, as MacArthur has done with its offer of a single $100 million grant. But this drawn out competition has also sent a wrong message.
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.
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philanthropy to shape public policy and public life, it's time to reckon with the dangers of this trend and overhaul an outdated set of disclosure rules.
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 Mars family has been engaged in steady philanthropy for years, but at a small scale that flies below the radar. This track record offers hints as to where big Mars money might go one day.
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.
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.
Another key takeaway from the Zuckerberg/Chan announcement is the triumph of Pierre Omidyar, whose hybrid approach to investing for social good is fast enveloping the philanthrosphere.
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?
The top 1 percent of U.S. households—who are collectively worth at least $30 trillion—only donated about $130 billion to charity in 2016. Is shame a way to get them to loosen the purse strings?
Major foundations have a long history of shortchanging the American South. And when they do engage, they can be high-handed. We look at a push to change all that as advocacy efforts grow in the region.
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.