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.
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.
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.
Having only recently been removed from their homelands, it's remarkable that the tribe decided to send such a donation.
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.
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.
The British government is trying to unblock £400m donated in 1927 by an anonymous donor who wanted it to help pay off the national war debt.
Big business influences politicians in many ways. One little-recognized channel is the money companies and their foundations give the nonprofits politicians like.
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 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.