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...

Wall Street’s Charitable Gold Rush

[Note: This article was co-posted February 25, 2015, in Inside Philanthropy.] The unbridled growth of donor-advised funds (DAFs) is the biggest story in philanthropy. Some startling facts: Contributions to DAFs were 252% higher in 2013 than in 2009, and by all...

The Year in Review

Yes, I write a lot about donor-advised funds. That’s because their surge in popularity is the biggest story in philanthropy – and, to my mind, a growing threat to an already-battered nonprofit sector. Here are 2014’s eight biggest developments around the donor-advised...

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...