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Betsy DeVos, shaking hands at a school choice rally shortly before she became education secretary in 2017. AP Photo/Maria Danilova

DeVos and the limits of the education reform movement

The cycle of overpromising and disappointment has left donors, politicians and policymakers of all stripes looking to improve K-12 public schooling with an underwhelming track record.
The former president, seen here with the highest paid basketball coach in the NCAA, was known for getting into March Madness. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

What is March Madness – and the nonprofit that manages the mayhem?

Every March, millions of Americans watch the NCAA's annual college basketball tournament, while millions more fill in brackets to win their office pool.
Volunteers assemble food to be distributed to low-income schoolchildren in Pittsburgh through a government-funded program. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

How to get more Americans to volunteer

The share of people who give their time to good causes is starting to dip.
After years of claiming they want to fix what’s wrong with public schools, education reformers are still hunting for solutions. Monkey Business Images/

Why big bets on educational reform haven’t fixed the US school system

The cycle of overpromising and disappointment has left donors, politicians and policymakers looking to improve K-12 public schooling with an underwhelming track record.
Late actor and former National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston held a rifle aloft at a 2002 get-out-the-vote rally. AP Photo/Jim Cole

The NRA’s journey from marksmanship to political brinkmanship

The group, founded in 1871, didn’t try to smother virtually all gun control efforts until the mid-1970s.
Jonathan Cheever is an Olympic snowboarder – and a plumber. AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

The other feats US Olympians pull off

A lack of federal funding for their training, travel or living expenses leaves many elite American athletes juggling day jobs and scrambling to pay their bills.
Former Humane Society chief Wayne Pacelle, flanked by Senators Richard Blumenthal (left) and Chuck Schumer (right), resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Amy Sussman/AP Images for Humane Society of The United States

When do-good nonprofits are bad at dealing with #MeToo moments

Mission-driven workplaces, it so happens, can be pretty bad at rooting out leaders who are sexual abusers.
About 1 in 20 taxpayers may fill out this part of their returns beginning with the 2018 tax year. Sean Locke Photography/

Charity and taxes: 4 questions answered

The lost incentives to give are likely to make a bigger difference than the small uptick in economic growth expected from the new law.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vows he will fight to protect his state from fallout from the new tax law. AP Photo/Hans Pennink

Why states may get away with creative income tax maneuvers

New York, California and other high-tax states are angling to use the charitable deduction and state payroll taxes as workarounds to shield both their residents and their revenue.
Some telemarketers retain nearly all of the charitable dollars they solicit. Gajus/

When charities let telemarketers gouge donors

For-profit fundraisers often keep more of the money they collect on behalf of nonprofits than they should but Ohio's attorney general is accusing a charity of serving as an accomplice to a crime.
To mark its 30th anniversary in business, the national PetSmart chain is donating enough food to serve animals in need an estimated 60 million meals. Sandy Huffaker/AP Images for PetSmart

Giving and fundraising: 4 essential reads

Ever wondered which fundraising appeals work best or what kind of charitable donations are ideal after disasters strike?

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