New York Community Trust has engaged in quite a bit of grantmaking over the past year in response to Trump administration policies. But what about all its other longstanding priorities?
There's a lot going on in philanthropy right now. We cast an eye forward, offering predictions about what lies ahead for the world of giving in 2018.
It's been another exciting year of giving, with lots of action in the philanthrosphere. Here are our latest philanthropy awards. The 2017 IPPYs!
For years, donors have been complaining that it’s hard to find nonprofits that can absorb very large grants. Now, MacArthur hasn't just made its own $100 million bet. It's teed up a whole bunch of other well-vetted ideas.
It's not just that the bill will increase the dominance of wealthy donors over civil society by reducing giving by ordinary Americans. It will also lead to more government cuts, with private givers filling the void left behind.
GiveWell, the charity evaluator, believes that most gifts achieve little impact. Its push to redirect donor dollars is making headway—even as the limits of its approach have also become clearer.
A recent report provides a big-picture view of the state of philanthropy in the American South. Where are grants going, and how effective are funders at addressing entrenched inequities in the region?
With government at all levels facing fiscal problems, more donors are stepping forward to pay for public services. We dive into the latest example—and the tricky issues raised by such giving.
A new study on giving circles shows the networks have tripled in the last decade, and they're including people often left out of institutional philanthropy. America's biggest foundation is cheering on this trend.
Giving Tuesday was a big success. But charitable giving by ordinary Americans is down, the wealthy give crumbs relative to their soaring assets, and nonprofits are in crisis in many cities.
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.