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.
Yet the money spent on student loans, Pell Grants and funding for research is not generally keeping pace with the demand for higher ed.
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.
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.
My great-grandmother, an early civil rights champion, path-breaking journalist and suffrage leader, was among the most influential women of her time.
After scandals or sea changes make the association with certain names too awkward, universities, museums and other nonprofits usually distance themselves. But not always.
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.
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.
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.
This tradition is so strong in the US that all lawyers are encouraged to volunteer at least 50 hours of pro bono service per year.
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.
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.
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.