Philanthropy in America

Would Philanthropies Today Fund W.E.B. Du Bois’s Encyclopedia Africana?

Many contemporary foundations would want to tell you that, yes, unlike their predecessors, they would. But is that right?

Is For-Profit the Future of Non-Profit?

Is For-Profit the Future of Non-Profit?

The troubling allure of turning philanthropy into consumer activity

How a Zagat-Style Website Will Make Philanthropy More Accountable

How a Zagat-Style Website Will Make Philanthropy More Accountable

"Philamplify" features not only crowd-sourced reviews but in-depth, expert evaluations as well.

The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Privatize Science

The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Privatize Science

This isn't America's first time seeing an infusion of personal wealth getting poured into research, but the last time around, it was done more democratically.

How U.S. Philanthropy Is Inspiring Foreigners to Give

How U.S. Philanthropy Is Inspiring Foreigners to Give

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have made it their mission to export American-style philanthropy—formalized, systematic, and professionalized giving done in the public eye—with mixed results.

Philanthropists and the White House: Who's the Boss?

Philanthropists and the White House: Who's the Boss?

Once, it was elite donors who courted the president. Today, it's precisely the reverse.

How Should Philanthropies Respond to Emergencies?

How Should Philanthropies Respond to Emergencies?

For the foundations that have pledged millions to resuscitate Detroit, does the funding commit them to a long-term engagement or is it a one-time rescue mission?

The Importance of Criticizing Philanthropy

The Importance of Criticizing Philanthropy

An aggressive—even at times an antagonistic—engagement between the public and their benefactors shouldn’t be considered a mark of incivility. It should be considered a democratic imperative.

Dirty Money: From Rockefeller to Koch

Dirty Money: From Rockefeller to Koch

Catholic University's decision to accept $1 million from the Charles Koch Foundation to support the study of "principled entrepreneurship" is like a modern-day reenactment of 1905's "tainted money affair."

Can Big Data Save American Schools? Bill Gates Is Betting on Yes Reuters

Can Big Data Save American Schools? Bill Gates Is Betting on Yes

The world's largest private charity is taking the strategy it sharpened while fighting malaria and malnutrition in Africa to target…

Can 4 Economists Build the Most Economically Efficient Charity Ever? Reuters

Can 4 Economists Build the Most Economically Efficient Charity Ever?

GiveDirectly, the brainchild of four Harvard and MIT graduate students, is so simple, it's genius. Give poor Kenyan families $1,000 -- and let them do whatever they want with it.

Is Philanthropy Print Journalism's Last Hope? AP

Is Philanthropy Print Journalism's Last Hope?

The Ford Foundation recently pledged $1.04 million to Los Angeles' struggling daily. We might be looking at the future of newspapers.

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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

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What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

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Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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