The US$2 billion that the Amazon founder and his wife are donating to help the homeless and educate young kids may appear selfless. But this money may also soften calls to raise taxes on the rich.
If you would like to assist from afar, let the professionals procure goods and services.
Checkout charity research suggests that it can boost sales and doesn't ward off customers who don't contribute.
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.
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.
After scandals or sea changes make the association with certain names too awkward, universities, museums and other nonprofits usually distance themselves. But not always.
There are other ways for the state to make the president's tax returns part of the public record that are more likely to work.
Without credible news and information, a healthy democracy is not possible.
When organizations dedicated to doing good make money their top priority, they get into trouble.
Total gifts from individual donors are rising, at least for now.
Thinking about philanthropy in a more complex way may help donors do more good.
When conflicts over whether nonprofits have kept their word about how they said they'd use big gifts crop up, donors rarely get everything they demand as reimbursement.
When public universities and their foundations take large sums of money from political and strategic philanthropists, they can’t safeguard academic freedom unless there's some transparency.
Philanthropists give for many different reasons, but bequests could decline by about $7 billion a year.
Taking part in the NCAA tournament tends to make a bigger difference for public universities that garner relatively few donations.
The First Amendment protects everything from porn to hateful signs outside military funerals. That includes fundraising pitches of all kinds.
Investor Bill Miller's $75 million gift to the Johns Hopkins philosophy department clashes with conventional wisdom regarding the value studying the humanities today.
Mission-driven workplaces, it so happens, can be pretty bad at rooting out leaders who are sexual abusers.
The lost incentives to give are likely to make a bigger difference than the small uptick in economic growth expected from the new law.