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30
Jan
2023
Forgo mandates and work to change philanthropy through excellent grantmaking

Improve lives, grow and strengthen civil society, and demonstrate the power of private giving based on our core values.


26
Jan
2023
The rise and decline of Big Philanthropy in America

It has reconstituted the very system that Alexis de Tocqueville once famously lauded Americans for not having. Meaningful reform will be of the hatchet, not the scalpel variety.


25
Jan
2023

19
Jan
2023
America and the Art of the Possible, and philanthropy

Part of post-frontier America’s failed “managerial elite.”


18
Jan
2023
British government needs to stop funding charities that are virtually indistinguishable from political lobbying groups

Policymakers must divorce themselves from the old connotations of what they always believed “charity” represented, and instead see them as what they have morphed into today.


14
Jan
2023
Paul Johnson, R.I.P.

Sober historian, disciplined thought, jovial presence.


13
Jan
2023
Revisiting contemporary philanthropy as part of a First Estate “clerisy”

Newly out in paperback, Joel Kotkin’s book on the coming “neo-feudalism”—comparing current class conditions to those of the Middle Ages—correctly characterizes the current status and a current role of foundations.


09
Jan
2023
Philanthropy and The Myth of Left and Right

Applying an analytical framework in another, related context.


01
Jan
2023
Revisiting Pope Benedict’s thought on reason and faith

An excerpt from our 2020 conversation with Samuel Gregg, during which he discusses Benedict and “the civilizational challenge of our time.”


27
Dec
2022
Thoughts on philanthropy from books featured in The Giving Review in second half of 2022

An end-of-year collection of interesting and insightful passages.