Although far fewer Americans took the charitable deduction on their tax returns, giving stayed fairly steady, according to the annual Giving USA report.
When asked to donate money they had earned through participating in a study, average people tended to choose the less onerous requirements rather than big ones.
Depending on foreign aid to pay the bills makes moving on when it’s gone harder.
Research over the past few years has shown vouchers for private schools set back student learning. So why are advocates still pushing so hard to expand them?
As the debate over what ails philanthropy heats up, the questions are going beyond whether massive charitable donations help or hurt society.
Some, like Melinda Gates and Priscilla Chan, became affluent through marriage. Others, like Oprah Winfrey, earned fortunes on their own.
The health of American democracy could be at stake.
No matter how well-intentioned, volunteers who may be inexperienced can't solve the entrenched and complex social problems low-income communities endure.
More likely dangers include administrative hassles and fines.
The group's bottom line has been shaky for years. And its board has been unwilling or unable to respond.
Travel along the U.S.-Mexico border and meeting migrants can build empathy for people without papers.
Congress can fix this by updating the tax code.
It's not necessarily because of Islamophobia.
Backpack programs that give students easily prepared foods, like boxed macaroni and cheese and canned beans, can make a difference.
The White House proposed these cuts for three years in a row. That clashes with longstanding bipartisan leadership regarding rights for all people with disabilities.
Legislators in a growing number of democracies are clamping down on civil society. In the United States, it's happening at the state level.
A study that compared Habitat for Humanity affiliates found that what nonprofits are doing may matter more than how much they’re spending.
There are limits to what charities can do now about past donors who are accused of morally reprehensible behavior.
New systems with stricter rules would make it easier to hold colleges and universities accountable on behalf of the taxpayers who support them.
There is no system in place to detect charitable fraud on the scale allegedly committed by a counseling company and its sham nonprofit.