Amid a fresh onslaught of attacks on the Clinton Foundation, it's a good moment to look at how the shadowy world of elite philanthropy often draws suspicion—and what dangers may lie ahead for the sector.
The House tax reform bill is the most sweeping attack on private charity in decades. To understand it, you need to look at how a tribal and libertarian right has come to view the nonprofit sector as an enemy.
Top donors are mainly guided by their relationships and instincts as opposed to research or metrics. These are among the findings of a new must-read study about this elite group.
News of a hidden $8 billion foundation based offshore in Bermuda underscores just how opaque the world of big philanthropy really is. What other surprises may be coming?
A new academic journal on education and philanthropy, launching this week, stands out in a field with little peer-reviewed scholarship. But will it be able to win respect in the ivory tower?
Too small, too big, too smart—there are many reasons a foundation will keep the gate slammed shut. And they’re all questionable.
Giving by the wealthy is growing even as ordinary Americans are giving less, a trend that mirrors broader patterns of inequality in the U.S. How does this imbalance affect civil society?
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.