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As part of The Giving Review’s “Collections” series, below is a list of some books, articles, speeches, and panel discussions relevant to the history of conservative philanthropy in America. It is, we fully realize, necessarily partial. We hope you find it of interest, however, and perhaps helpful. Its entries are in chronological order.


“Leonard Liggio: A snapshot, Part 3,” Liggio Legacy Project, undated (including coverage of work for William Volker Charities Fund)

Lewis F. Powell, Jr., “Attack on American Free Enterprise System,” confidential memorandum to Eugene B. Sydnor, Jr., Chairman, Education Committee, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, August 23, 1971 (PDF)

William E. Simon, A Time for Truth, Reader’s Digest Press, 1978

William E. Simon, A Time for Action, McGraw-Hill, 1980

Michael S. Joyce, “Remarks to the National Review Institute Conference,” January 24, 1993 (PDF)

Kimberly Dennis, “Philanthropy and the Free Society,” Imprimis, Volume 22, Number 5, May 1993

Michael S. Joyce, “Philanthropy and Citizenship,” Imprimis, Volume 22, Number 5, May 1993

Michael Joyce and Heather Richardson, “What Is Conservative Philanthropy?,” The Heritage Foundation, August 2, 1993

Michael S. Joyce, “The Legacy of the ‘Wisconsin Idea:’ The Demise of an Exhausted Progressivism,” WI:  Wisconsin Interest, Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, Fall/Winter, 1994, at pp. 9-14

Richard Cornuelle, “De-Nationalizing Community,” Philanthropy, Spring 1996

Giving Better, Giving Smarter, Report of the National Commission on Philanthropy and Civic Renewal, 1997 (PDF)

John J. Miller, Strategic Investment in Ideas: How Two Foundations Reshaped America, Philanthropy Roundtable, 2003

John J. Miller, A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America, Encounter Books, 2005

John J. Miller, “Michael S. Joyce, R.I.P.,” National Review, February 27, 2006

“The Legacy of Richard C. Cornuelle,” Conversations on Philanthropy, Volume X, 2013-14

James Piereson, “Investing in Conservative Ideas,” Commentary, May 2005, republished as Chapter 9 of James Piereson, Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America’s Postwar Political Order, Encounter Books, 2015

William A. Schambra, “How Effective is Conservative Philanthropy?,” Foundation Impact Research Group, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University, December 6, 2006

Nicole Hoplin and Ron Robinson, Funding Fathers: The Unsung Heroes of the Conservative Movement, Regnery Publishing, 2008

Naomi Schaefer Riley, “A Conservative Philanthropist Looks to the Future,” The Wall Street Journal, December 27, 2008 (interview of William E. Simon, Jr.)

Naomi Schaefer Riley, “Giving Capitalism Its Due,” The Wall Street Journal, April 4, 2009 (interview of Carl Schramm)

“The Problem of Doing Good: Irving Kristol’s Philanthropy,” Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal, Hudson Institute, December 15, 2009

Michael J. McVicar, “Aggressive Philanthropy: Progressivism, Conservatism, and the William Volker Charities Fund,” Florida State University, 2011

Scott Walter, “One man’s declaration of independence,” Philanthropy Daily, June 19, 2011 (about Richard Cornuelle)

“What is Conservative Philanthropy?,” Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal, Hudson Institute, September 12, 2012

“The Philanthropy of Roger Hertog: Using Business Savvy in Service of Profound Ideas,” The Bridgespan Group, July 29, 2013

Stephen Foley, “Paul Singer on how charity meets politics: Hedge fund activist says philanthropists should use ‘all the tools in the tool box,’” Financial Times, October 9, 2015

John J. Miller, “The Right’s Venture Capitalist,” National Review, October 10, 2016 (about Michael W. Grebe)

Rebekah Mercer, “Forget the Media. Here’s What I Believe,” The Wall Street Journal, February 14, 2018

James Hohmann, “The Koch network is reorganizing under a new name and with new priorities,” The Washington Post, May 20, 2019

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