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02
Feb
2023
Respecting the rule of law, and considering philanthropic reform

Recognizing a tenuous credibility, and reviving a true charity.


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

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.


21
Dec
2022

14
Dec
2022
Frank Shakespeare, R.I.P.

We should be as willing to continue to learn from him as he has always so humbly been to learn from, and with, others.


22
Nov
2022
Gratitude

Thank you.


01
Nov
2022
Recalling the debate between Robert Egger and Pablo Eisenberg about nonprofits and politics

Egger: “I question openly whether those laws were designed by people to keep us right where we are. … [O]ur ultimate goal is to change the laws.”

Eisenberg: “[H]e strongly believes that the regulations governing nonprofits are too restrictive and should be changed to allow nonprofits to participate directly in political campaigns and partisan politics … and I heartily disagree.”