The Wall Street Journal

Recession Driving Changes in Corporate Philanthropy
November 1, 2010

Corporate philanthropy is changing.

Companies may allow their employees to volunteer while on the clock or reward customers for their volunteerism. Many give goods rather than cash and focus more on areas in which they have expertise. And, in what is perhaps the most profound shift, some companies are thinking more long term and aligning their philanthropy with their core business strategies looking for ways to do good at the same time they improve their bottom lines.

The Fawning of the Foundations
April 30, 2010

April 30, 2010, Wall Street Journal It's no surprise that President Obama, with a lengthy background in the non-profit sector, has made strong efforts to reach out to the philanthropic community. What may come as a surprise is just how exhilarated the philanthropic community is by the attention.

This year's Council on Foundations conference, which concluded Tuesday in Denver, offered a revealing glimpse into the nexus of an administration eager to obtain the support of the non-profit world, and a community of increasingly politicized foundations who see bountiful opportunities for legislative achievements emanating from the current White House.

A tone of mutual congratulation pervaded the conference, first exemplified by remarks from Valerie Jarrett, a long-time adviser to President Obama and manager of the White House Office of Public Engagement, which oversees public-private liaison efforts."Why did I have such a great amount of confidence at the beginning of our administration?" she said to the assembled foundation worthies. "It's because of you."

Slowdown in Charitable Giving Kicks In
November 19, 2009

November 19, 2009, The Wall Street Journal — Thanksgiving is around the corner, but Silicon Valley's charitable giving is on the back burner.

Crunch Time for IRA Tax Break
November 17, 2009

November 17, 2009, The Wall Street Journal — It's crunch time for a tax break that lets people tap their IRAs and give the proceeds to a charity without the Internal Revenue Service claiming part of the money.

Estate Tax Uncertainty Riles Charities
November 12, 2009

NEW YORK, November 10, 2009, The Wall Street Journal — The wealthy and their advisers aren't the only ones riled by the lack of certainty over next year's estate tax. Charities also have a big stake.

Is It Public, or Is It Private?
November 9, 2009

November 9, 2009, The Wall Street Journal Traditionally, when it comes to philanthropy, there has been private philanthropy, and there has been government philanthropy, and rarely did the two meet.

What's Wrong With Charitable Givingand How to Fix It
November 9, 2009

November 9, 2009, The Wall Street Journal — It's hard to overstate the crisis facing charitable giving today. So let me just say it as plainly as I can: Much of current philanthropic giving, by foundations and individuals, neither meets the needs of our charitable organizations nor addresses some of our most urgent public needs.

Philanthropy 2009 -- Four Ideas for Tough Times
November 9, 2009

November 8, 2009, The Wall Street Journal — Get out your checkbook. The holidays are coming. That's prime time, of course, for all sorts of gift giving -- from your 10-year-old's iPod to a business client's bottle of Bordeaux. And don't forget the old alma mater... or the children's hospital... or the food bank. It's also the season for charities.

Consider It an Investment
November 9, 2009

November 9, 2009, The Wall Street Journal — With fewer resources to go around, philanthropists are using a host of methods to stretch their charitable dollars.