Alumni account for a significant amount of revenue for colleges and universities, but are often funding institutions that are opposed to their values. Higher education donors should consider where to direct their giving, other than just their alma mater.
Internal university assessments are succumbing to the bureaucratic jargon that obfuscates, rather than facilitates, a healthy learning environment.
For those in the philanthropic business of “doing good,” it’s especially important to understand the limits of human goodness.
The biggest crisis of higher education is a consumerized understanding of students who seek credentialing above all else, and colleges who will sell themselves to the highest bidder.
Why we should adopt the Hippocratic Oath as the first rule of philanthropy.
Philanthropists would do best not to aspire to the grandeur of abstractions. Instead of pouring their energies into utopian pursuits, they should focus on what is practicable and realistic.
The government shutdown is a good opportunity for taxpayers to think carefully about what they are getting for their money. Likewise, it’s a good opportunity for those invested in nonprofits to think about the relationship between their funding and the services they provide.
Philanthropy seems borne of the impulse to “do good” and “get involved.” But this impulse comes with its own set of dangers.
How has the modern state affected the role of intermediary civil institutions in our society?
While the public and personal goods produced by funding the arts can’t be properly measured, there’s a case to be made in its support.