Philanthropy

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    Should schools provide support services to students?

    Denise Superville’s Education Week article, In Some Cities, Closing Achievement Gaps Is Not for Schools to Fix Alone, examines the role of schools in providing social services to students.  She writes, The idea is that focusing on student’s individual needs in four areas—academics, health, family, and social-emotional well-being—and matching…
    Terry Stoops, September 19, 2018
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    “The difference between those working for a cause and those making a cause work for them.”

    That’s the topic of a recent Quillette piece in which Clay Routledge takes a critical look at the social justice movement. Here are some excerpts [with my favorite passages emphasized in bold]: Other writers have argued that the secular left has turned social-justice ideology into their religion.
    Jon Guze, September 15, 2018
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    9th Circuit Ruling Is Bad News for AFP, and for Everyone Who Cares about Donor Privacy

    Politico reports: A nonprofit group founded by conservative political megadonors Charles and David Koch must disclose its largest givers to law enforcement authorities in California, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The Americans for Prosperity Foundation had argued that the state’s rules requiring filing of…
    Jon Guze, September 12, 2018
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    Duke’s HOPE Center Wins Major Grant

    The Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University, which was established in 2008 with a grant by the John W. Pope Foundation to “promote and support research in, and the teaching of, the history of economics,” has won a $5 million grant from the Charles Koch Foundation.
    Jon Guze, September 1, 2018
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    Is giving always good?

    We have a love-hate relationship with philanthropy, which starts with questions of fairness and has been magnified for the past hundred years by the income tax. One manifestation is the continuing debate over donor-advised funds from community foundations and Donors Trust to the National Christian Foundation and…
    Joseph Coletti, August 24, 2018
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    The morality of work requirements

    “U.S. social policy is built on a foundation of values,” AEI’s Michael Strain writes at Bloomberg.com in getting to the heart of why reforming most government programs creates such heated debate.  Most discussion of work requirements, eligibility, and the costs and benefits of social programs begs the questions of personal…
    Joseph Coletti, August 10, 2018
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    Government money’s effect on think tanks

    This portrait of the New America Foundation, which had an original and formidable voice from its founding, is not just another story about money and mission in think tanks. Even before its controversy over the EU’s regulation of Google and before its president got caught in cahoots with Hillary…
    Joseph Coletti, June 26, 2018
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    New directions for conservative giving

    Daniel Schmidt and Michael Hartmann pay homage to Michael Joyce, long-time president of the Bradley Foundation, and draw lessons for the future direction of conservative giving, which they see becoming more diverse and personal. There is a lot worth reading in the essay, but some of the areas where…
    Joseph Coletti, June 22, 2018