If you’re not scared yet – and even if you are, read this.

I’m extremely alarmed about the possibility that Donald Trump may be elected President again.  Adding significant gravitas to that fear is a 920-page document called Project 2025: Mandate for Leadership – The Conservative Project.  Anyone concerned about the future of our democracy needs to be familiar with this plan. What is Project 2025? Project 2025’s “goal is to…

It’s Time for Some “Moonshot” Philanthropy

The challenges facing contemporary society are enormous.  Think about helping to solve hunger, homelessness, climate change, disease (including pandemics), gun violence, income inequality, discrimination, threats to democracy, education, environmental degradation and so much more. Traditional philanthropic investments have been working for decades to make a dent in solving these problems.  In some cases, much progress…

Hungry for Change – simple questions to ask about the ongoing problem of food insecurity in the U.S.

The winter holidays are right around the corner. Soon, many Americans will gather around the dinner table with family and friends to give thanks for abundant blessings and freedoms as they indulge in a cornucopia of delicious traditional foods. Leftovers will last for days. Then, in December, people of different faiths and traditions will celebrate…

Nonprofit hospitals highlight important questions about the Charity “Grand Bargain”

The charity “Grand Bargain” in the U.S. allows nonprofit organizations to perform charitable, religious, educational and scientific purposes for the “public good,” often relieving government from performing those same functions.   In return for their contribution to the public good, nonprofits are deemed tax-exempt organizations, which means they typically don’t pay income, sales or property tax…

Pressure builds to increase giving requirements and expand charitable deductions

Over $1.1 trillion currently sits in private foundations and donor-advised funds (DAFs) in the U.S. These two charitable intermediary tools have grown tremendously in recent years, fueled by tax-deductible contributions for the wealthiest of Americans.  By 2019, 12.7% of all individual giving went to DAFs and an additional 15.1% went to private foundations – an…

Eight Steps for Effective Family Giving

Over the last decade of working with multi-generational families, helping them to become more effective with their philanthropy, I have learned many lessons.  The field of strategic philanthropy is more sophisticated and complex than ever and the understanding of philanthropic “best practices” has evolved. Some of the challenges we face in today’s world may seem…