Charity Dropping! Generosity Rising?

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  August 3, 2021             New Orleans, There’s a fair amount of head-scratching about the way Americans are turning away from charitable organizations.  Since our founding, we’ve been touted from de Tocqueville on for our belief in such organizations, but surveys indicate that those days are fading. The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana …

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GiveDirectly: Tech Narcissism in Africa? Or, What?

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New Orleans         I read a column in the New York Times by the spectacularly unreliable source, Nicholas Kristoff,  that was flatly arguing in his classic neo-liberal mindless hucksterism that rather than try to change the world, perhaps it was better to simply make money and give more away.  Despite the absurdity of his argument on its …

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Of Course Corporate Contributions are About Buying Access and Influence

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Memphis   It’s interesting to watch the Washington two-step ignited by Senator Elizabeth Warren’s pushback against outside groups trying to mobilize against her progressive advocacy and the by catch of other fish squirming in her net.   To refresh your memory when the Third Way, a group of more conservative sometime Democrats, pushed against her more populist …

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Charitable Deduction Reforms

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Houston          Yesterday in talking with Brian Johns, the organizing director of Virginia Organizing on “Wade’s World” on KABF  about his forthcoming article with Ellen Ryan for Social Policy called “Leadership Development is Not a Deliverable,” we were trying to follow the curiously circuitous paths of private philanthropy as it moves from grants supporting community organizing’s …

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Environmental Funders Backing Losing Top Down Strategy

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New Orleans    Somehow I had missed the report when it first came out, but Robert Nunn in Little Rock connected me to Peter Montague’s explosive summary in The Huffington Post laying a huge weight for the failure of the environmental movement to win anything of major significance in recent decades squarely on the shoulders of big …

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