The growth of private foundations in Canada has occurred at the expense of government tax revenue. Philanthropic donations are dollars that have been redirected away from universal social services.
Philanthropy is an increasingly significant source of revenue for universities, but the majority of donations go to five big universities.
Those who don't give often face less media scrutiny.
The record donation by Twiggy Forrest highlights the rise of more strategic philanthropy, which tries to tackle the root causes of complex problems through collaboration, research and advocacy.
In 'The Givers,' author David Callahan warns that today's mega-rich philanthropists wield too much political clout. He may be exaggerating their power and lowballing the public's own strength.
Giving is changing, moving more into the online realm and taking on different forms – and some charities are struggling to keep up.
Many leading Australian artists have benefitted from a Samstag scholarship. But who were the Samstags and what motivated them to create this legacy?
Why higher education is a worthy cause for the rich and famous.