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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.


Thoughts on philanthropy from The Giving Review’s “Conversations” series in 2020 (Part 1 of 2)

A year-end collection of interesting and insightful thinking about grantmaking and giving.


Contemporary philanthropy as part of a First Estate “clerisy”

Joel Kotkin’s new 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.

America’s identity crisis

A decade-old report still has much to teach us.


History of diabetes cure offers useful lessons for think tanks

The story of how the Rockefeller Institute missed out on discovering the cure to diabetes, and the Nobel Prize that came with it.

Credit unions: the not-for-profit structure that philanthropy should note

Supporting credit unions could be the way for foundations to practice a more equitable and inclusive approach.


America’s social fabric is fraying: results from Congressional report

Congressional Report’s research on social capital shows that localism is necessary to restoring our trust in each other and in American institutions.