I’m a Duke basketball fan. For some of you, that may be the last line you ever read of this blog. You have already clicked on to other more interesting topics or web sites, or possibly decided that DonorsTrust is for the birds.
My love of Duke is not rooted in my college experience (my undergraduate and graduate schools were …read more »
You’ve probably encountered the phrase “Think globally, act locally.” Maybe you’ve seen its close cousins, the “Buy Local” or “Fair Trade” campaigns.
David Brower, the founder of Earth Day, coined the phrase to empower local activists to see globalism, trade, and business creativity as threatening the planet’s overall health. It springs from a misguided understanding of economics.
Specifically (although correctly), …read more »
At the end of the film Back to the Future, it is 1984, and Marty McFly is processing how his life has changed. He says to his girlfriend, “Everything is great”, just as the eccentric Dr. Emmett Brown swoops in from 2015 with ominous news: “It’s your kids, Marty! Something has to be done about your kids!”
Those of …read more »
Phrases are not simply words, but keys that unlock imagination. That’s why books are powerful. But isn’t there an extra ingredient? Grammatically correct sentences placed in logical order might work for the Toyota owner’s manual, but they don’t tell a story. And a well-told (or written) story soothes the soul.
Everyone Loves a Good Story
If you appreciate good children’s …read more »
It’s not culinary excellence, but the fact remains we tolerate rubber chicken, wearing a cummerbund, and searching for that matching clutch. Dressing up for “the event” can be fun, but, let’s face it, it can also be a chore.
I attend many social gatherings, and I sometimes feel this way. In fact, here in the nation’s capital, we refer nerdily …read more »
Nineteen Senators recently took to the Senate floor in a coordinated effort to denounce over 30 non-profit public policy “think tanks”. These groups’ crimes? Producing research and policy recommendations that differed from positions taken by those same Senators.
This is not the first time politicians have used political power to challenge or undermine individuals and groups they considered to be …read more »
I flew across The Pond last week for a conference with leaders and analysts of many UK and European policy shops. My reasons for attending for varied. On one hand, I fulfilled a teaching role, leading a conversation about the relationship between foundations (donors) and policy-oriented charities (think tanks) and how that relationship can be improved and strengthened.
On the …read more »
The other day, I walked by my bookcase and lingered on Francis Fukuyama’s Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity. I knew Frank from our days together at George Mason University. In fact, one of the earliest educational programs I organized was a salon-like conversation among Frank and a dozen senior congressional staff on the social fabric …read more »
Let’s be blunt. Nobody likes direct mail.
In fact, one reason people choose to give through a donor-advised fund is to protect their privacy. They don’t want to be on mailing lists for the many organizations out there and receive the deluge of mail and packages that can often follow.
I once managed a medium sized non-profit policy group that …read more »