Harvesting gains from digital money by giving some of it away can be better for donors than the nonprofits they support.
The urge to provide disaster aid is borne out of the best characteristics of humanity. But it's important to consider when to donate to disaster survivors, along with what and to whom to give.
Adopting best practices like making it easier for staffers to blow the whistle when they observe wrongdoing can help.
The billions of dollars worth of aid dispatched every year to alleviate the suffering and damage after earthquakes and hurricanes would do more good if it didn't get clumped up.
Yet the money spent on student loans, Pell Grants and funding for research is not generally keeping pace with the demand for higher ed.
With such an enormous challenge, where would it make sense to start? We looked into our archives for stories on what it would take to eradicate homelessness in the US today.
Donations from the Donald J. Trump Foundation to Charities Hosting Events at Mar-a-Lago violate the spirit but not the letter of federal tax law.
On top of boosting South Sudan's development, these groups are showcasing what refugees can accomplish in the US.
Israel's increasingly conservative policies on social and religious issues appears to be playing a role.
New nonprofits don't make the same impact everywhere. In most places, there's enough money to go around to support new ones.
Deactivating the tax provision known as the Johnson Amendment could increase the flow of dark money, reducing accountability in campaign finance.
Even when federal contractors stir public outrage, the government probably should be under fire.
The NRA may fund political candidates but only with cash from U.S. donors. The group could face serious consequences if, as news reports allege, it broke laws and rules.
Without credible news and information, a healthy democracy is not possible.
Just like with Cold War-era red-baiting, there's an apparent effort to discredit and undermine critics of the US government.
Total gifts from individual donors are rising, at least for now.
These partnerships between investors, governments and nonprofits are a new way to pay for programs and services that help people in need and address intractable problems like mass incarceration.
Thinking about philanthropy in a more complex way may help donors do more good.
People may not have a criminal record before they become homeless, but they likely will afterward due to laws intended to keep people with nowhere to go out of sight.
The Donald J. Trump Foundation allegedly violated charitable norms and laws.