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Rhyme and Reason in Philanthropy: How Should Donors Choose?

November 29, 2016

Should philanthropists follow the guidance of Duke Prof. Joel Fleishman and his co-author Tom Tierney, in the 2011 book Give Smart, and devote their giving to the causes that most move their hearts? Or should they emulate Facebook billionaires Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz, who select their charitable targets with cerebral dispassion, assessing how many people will benefit from any given contribution, how great and lasting the benefit might be relative to the cost, and how much risk of failure they will confront along the way. 

Do Time Limits Add Value? How Would We Know?

November 4, 2016

Some people believe that philanthropy produces more value when it operates under a deadline. But testing that proposition is a lot harder than it sounds. Here’s a way to frame the question.

Political Philanthropy Out of the Shadows

October 12, 2016

     Recent decades have seen a marked shift in not just the amount of philanthropic contributions directly into public-policy debates, but the explicitness of their intent. Whereas most foundation grants in the policy arena used to take the form of “demonstrations” and “models," funders today have tended to leap directly into the promotion business, advocating changes based on normative arguments that may be only loosely grounded in empirical evidence.

Events

Sep 14

Dina Powell
President
Goldman Sachs Foundation

Oct 05

Rip Rapson
President and CEO
The Kresge Foundation

Oct 19

Donna Shalala

President, Clinton Foundation

   

 

 

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