Category Archives: Education

How Can Philanthropy Help with America’s Opioid Crisis?

How Can Philanthropy Help with America’s Opioid Crisis?

Philanthropy has a potential to address a number of serious problems, from shifting demands on the American workforce to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. Very recently, individuals have begun exploring how philanthropy could help one of the most serious problems facing the United States today, the opioid crisis. Calling Attention to the Problem of Opioid Abuse… Continue Reading

Tax Reform – The Surprising Ways It Will Hurt Philanthropy

Tax Reform – The Surprising Ways It Will Hurt Philanthropy

The new federal budget recently approved by Congress relies on tax reform to offset any potential loss of revenue. Unfortunately, some of the proposed reforms could significantly limit philanthropy in the United States. According to a study from the University of Indiana, the recent tax reform plan offered by congressional republicans and President Donald Trump… Continue Reading

Women’s Philanthropy Institute Examines Giving, Gender, and Happiness

Women’s Philanthropy Institute Examines Giving, Gender, and Happiness

In October, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute announced the results of its Women Give 2017 study, which aimed to examine the connection between philanthropy and life satisfaction. In particular, the study hoped to look across gender lines to see what impact philanthropy has on overall happiness and charitable giving. The data examined in the study came… Continue Reading

Interest in Journalism Philanthropy Continues to Grow in US

Interest in Journalism Philanthropy Continues to Grow in US

Recently, The Guardian announced the inception of a new American nonprofit designed to support independent journalism and bolster story-telling. Already, the organization has raised more than a million dollars in philanthropic grants to support its mission. Operating under the name theguardian.org, the organization has pledged to fund honest and independent reporting on the most pressing… Continue Reading

The Advantages and Potential Drawbacks of Donor-Advised Funds

The Advantages and Potential Drawbacks of Donor-Advised Funds

While most people probably think of philanthropy as direct gifts to charities and nonprofit organizations, there are several financial vehicles that can help individuals make donations. One of the most prominent vehicles for people with significant wealth is a foundation. However, several other options are worth considering as well. Another potential option is a donor-advised… Continue Reading

The Debate about Charity Overhead – What You Need to Know

The Debate about Charity Overhead – What You Need to Know

The debate about charity overhead is often in the news these days. For example, the Wounded Warrior Project fired its top two CEOs last year after it deemed a million-dollar meeting was entirely too extravagant. Only a few years ago, Dan Pallotta gave his famous TED talk entitled The Way We Think About Charity Is… Continue Reading

The Inherent Problems with Ratings from Charity Watchdogs

The Inherent Problems with Ratings from Charity Watchdogs

A number of watchdog organizations exist that monitor and rate nonprofit organizations. Some of the largest ones include CharityWatch, GuideStar, the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, and Charity Navigator. However, a number of newer groups, such as GreatNonprofits and GiveWell, have gained significant momentum in recent years. These organizations offer their own breakdown of… Continue Reading

5 Ways to Make Your Charitable Giving More Tax Friendly

5 Ways to Make Your Charitable Giving More Tax Friendly

When it comes to charitable giving, choosing a charity is only part of the process. In fact, there are a number of different approaches to philanthropy, and individuals need to consider all the possibilities before they decide on the best one for their personal needs. Thinking critically about the tax consequences of each strategy can… Continue Reading

The American Red Cross – A Critical Disaster Response Organization

The American Red Cross – A Critical Disaster Response Organization

The American Red Cross plays a critical role in maintaining public health and safety, both at home and abroad. When people think of the American Red Cross, their thoughts likely turn to blood donations or CPR training. Indeed, the organization plays a critical role in collecting blood donations to aid in lifesaving treatments at hospitals… Continue Reading

This Is How the Wounded Warrior Project Supports Veteran Reintegration

This Is How the Wounded Warrior Project Supports Veteran Reintegration

Wounded Warrior Project is one of the highest-rated organizations on Charity Navigator in terms of accountability and transparency. The organization offers a wide range of services for veterans and their families, including assistance with the transition from military to civilian life. While serving, many people are put under an enormous amount of pressure. They can… Continue Reading