Philanthropy (page 6)

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    Private action succeeds more than government

    Philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, and politicians in a Philanthropy Roundtable video explain why private actors have done and can do better than government in addressing social problems and building social capital. Andy Smarick notes that civil society has been responsible for the many of the “most important things that have happened…
    Joseph Coletti, January 31, 2018
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    Government hostility to private charity

    Michael Tanner highlights at National Review Online the disturbing trend of governments creating obstacles for private charities. The evidence suggests that private charity is simply more effective than traditional welfare at both providing for people’s immediate material needs and dealing with the barriers to their moving up the…
    Mitch Kokai, January 11, 2018
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    Doing less to achieve more in Charlotte

    Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan told Charlotte business leaders “we have a duty” to improve economic mobility. But the “21 key strategies, 91 recommendations, and over 100 implementation tactics and policy considerations” proposed by a Task Force earlier this year leave too many barriers to mobility in place. I…
    Joseph Coletti, December 13, 2017
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    Can states develop better welfare work requirements?

    Workforce participation has stalled or declined among men and women of prime working age. Edward Lazear of Stanford University says 1.5 million jobs are simply “missing”. Existing work requirements for welfare programs have had limited success. Brookings Institution scholar Ron Haskins says in a recent paper the federal government…
    Joseph Coletti, December 8, 2017
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    Can government restore marriage and the family?

    “Marriage is in excellent shape, but only among the well-off,” The Economist declares in a recent editorial on the state of marriage around the world. “Elite couples delay tying the knot to allow time to get established in a career, but they still tie the knot before having children.”…
    Joseph Coletti, November 29, 2017
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    Tax Reform and #GivingTuesday

    Tuesday was #GivingTuesday. Entering its sixth year, the day saw $177 million donated to charities around the world last year. About $70 billion will flow to churches and other nonprofit organizations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, a quarter of the total for the year donated by individuals.
    Joseph Coletti, November 28, 2017
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    Hidden and Independent

    “Building freedom actually doesn’t begin in the media or Hollywood or academia,” writes Stella Morabito in a recent essay on The Federalist. “It begins in the ‘hidden sphere,’ as explained in Soviet-era freedom fighter Vaclav Havel’s essay, ‘The Power of the Powerless.’ This means that the nucleus of…
    Joseph Coletti, November 14, 2017
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    Foundations and the State

    Should private philanthropy seek to replace government-provided social services? I have argued in this space that it should, and have sought in my outside activity to make this possible. Others, however, think philanthropy should test innovative ideas so government can add to its activities. Rob Reich, co-director of Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy…
    Joseph Coletti, September 6, 2017