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.
Grantmaking that puts community residents in the driver's seat keeps popping up. Here's how a New York funder is trying to be more responsive—and why.
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.
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.
Here's a sweet deal: The Cummings Foundation in Boston will make annual grant disbursements to top grantees for undefined extended periods of up to a decade—without making them apply for renewals.
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.
Going to galas can be a mixed bag. But a guest blogger for IP found herself happily blown away by the Pershing Square Foundation's ten-anniversary bash.
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.
Small grantmakers comprise a huge part of the growth in philanthropy in recent decades. We take a look at how one young couple is updating their family’s giving and making some interesting grants.
While philanthropy has long been the province of elites, you'll rarely hear a candid defense of why elites deserve to wield so much influence in U.S. society. Here's why that needs to change.
If you're in the nonprofit policy world, it may seem to go without saying that such cause-driven work should be subsidized by your fellow taxpayers. But who benefits the most from this setup?
A cliche that springs to mind about philanthropy today is “the same, but different." We look at what's changed in the sector in recent decades as new donors have emerged. And what hasn't.
Cora Mirikitani, president of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, talks about the group's strategy to galvanize more giving in this community, along with new partnerships.
Ford occupies a historically unique leadership position in Foundationland, which is why its embrace of impact investing could move that movement into a much higher gear.
Want to see an example of a funder that went beyond paying lip service to the concepts of diversity and inclusion? Take a look at how Dance/USA changed its ways.
A common rap on men and philanthropy is that they're apt to operate in hierarchical or ego-driven ways. But that stereotype is overblown, and we're finding more examples of men coming together to give.
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.
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.
With a historic transfer of wealth under way, more states are looking to incentivize local giving and reduce the outflow of charitable dollars. Wisconsin is one place where this push is gaining steam.
Philanthropy to bail out struggling cities raises legitimate concerns—but can also spark real hope. The latest example of controversial emergency giving comes from Hartford.
There’s a lot to like about MacArthur’s 100&Change program, including its eight inspiring semifinalists. But just how "big" are these bets? And can $100 million truly solve a major problem?
Grantmaking by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation has more than quadrupled since 2012, hitting $1.3 billion last year. What does this remarkable tear say about philanthropy—among techies and beyond?
The latest annual letter by Bill and Melinda Gates leaves key questions unanswered about where Gates giving might go from here. With $185 billion in play, what might the future hold?
The charitable sector is already risking public trust given the tightening embrace of philanthropy and politics. Turning churches into conduits for campaign cash would make things worse. Much worse.
While some funders have signed a statement opposing Trump's Muslim and refugee ban, the biggest and best-known foundations have remained silent. What's that about?
A foundation head makes an urgent case for busting free of silos—and upping payout, too—in order to invest in cross-issue movement building to defend core values.
Conservative philanthropists spent a quarter century working to destroy the Clintons, scoring their biggest win in November. Now get ready for a vast left-wing conspiracy against Donald Trump.
New donors. New ideas. A new president. What will the coming year in philanthropy look like? We take a deep gaze into our crystal ball and offer predictions.