Category Archives: Current Events

A Festivus Miracle: Overcoming Funder-Grantee Grievances

A Festivus Miracle: Overcoming Funder-Grantee Grievances

“I got a lot of problems with you people! And now, you’re gonna hear about ‘em.”

And thus begins the traditional Airing of Grievances at the Festivus celebration, a made-up holiday featured in that great sitcom, Seinfeld.

(If you’re already lost or just want a laugh, check out this one-minute video to appreciate the essence of Festivus and the

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Engaging Millennials for Liberty

Engaging Millennials for Liberty

This month’s installment of “Beyond Policy” highlights groups working to build community for liberty-loving Millennials written by Cindy Cerquitella of America’s Future Foundation. You can find the previous segment of this series by Helen Straight here.

I recently had drinks with a friend that works in the State Department. She was brought up to believe in conservative values and …

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Americans Gave More than Ever in 2017

Americans Gave More than Ever in 2017

Good news! Giving USA’s annual survey of charitable giving in America reports that overall contributions by Americans in 2017 increased by an inflation-adjusted 3%. Individuals, foundations, and corporations donated more than $400 billion into the non-profit sector, the most ever.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy offers a nice synopsis of the survey’s findings, as well as an interesting perspective (and …

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Tax Law Change: What It Means for Philanthropy

Tax Law Change: What It Means for Philanthropy

What effects can donors expect to see as a result of December’s massive tax overhaul? Did donors miss out on the best time to give or are there tax-advantaged reasons for giving now? And will it even matter for America’s donors?

DonorsTrust president Lawson Bader joined the Bob Harden Radio Show Thursday for a short but wide-ranging discussion that examines …

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Liberty’s Human Element Needs to Show Through

Liberty’s Human Element Needs to Show Through

This morning’s CNN banner didn’t mince words: “President Cuts Aid to Poor People.”

Policy decisions are made every day by those in government. Regardless of the nuance and reasons behind that particular policy decision, this headline likely wasn’t the public relations goal the White House wanted. Yet it shouldn’t be a surprise.

Conservatives and libertarians often get tarred with a …

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Responding to Harvey with Sound Philanthropy

Responding to Harvey with Sound Philanthropy

Private philanthropy stitches together our social fabric. We have a unique American instinct to give to those in need, to support ideas with our dollars, and to privately fund the needs of our communities.

Those of us beyond the reach of Hurricane Harvey’s spinning arms have watched with horror as the rains pour down. It’s hard to watch images of …

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