Strange Math

[A version of this piece appeared in the Chronicle of Philanthropy on July 13, 2017.] Here’s the world’s simplest math problem. My wife Pat and I often meet a pair of friends for a movie. If there’s a risk that the show will sell out, I run over to the theater ahead...

Tsunami

[Note: This post was published as an op-ed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy on October 28, 2014.] Each fall the Chronicle of Philanthropy publishes its “Philanthropy 400,” a list of the nonprofit organizations that raised the most money in the previous year. Last...

Wall Street Muscles In

I really wish I’d been wrong in my earlier warnings about the growth of commercial donor-advised funds. But the latest Philanthropy 400 rankings from the Chronicle of Philanthropy indicate that the Wall Street acquisition of the nonprofit sector is, if anything, ahead...

Missing the Obvious in Nonprofit Ratings

[Note: This post is simultaneously being published as an opinion piece in the October 6, 2013 edition of the Chronicle of Philanthropy.] Americans love ratings and rankings. We like to think that all large, complicated questions can be answered by simple numbers....