Chuck Collins is the Director of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies, where he co-edits Inequality.org.

He is an expert on U.S. inequality and the racial wealth divide and author of over ten books and dozens of reports about inequality, climate disruption, philanthropy, the racial wealth divide, affordable housing, and billionaire wealth dynasties.

His newest book, to be published in May 2023, is a novel, Altar to an Erupting Sun (Green Writers Press), a near-future story of one community facing climate disruption in the critical decade ahead.

His 2021 book, The Wealth Hoarders: How Billionaires Spend Millions to Hide Trillions (Polity Books), unmasks the industry of professional enablers that assist the ultra-wealthy to hide wealth and dodge taxes.

He is author of the popular book, Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good (Chelsea Green); He is co-author, with the late Bill Gates Sr. of Wealth and Our Commonwealth, (Beacon Press, 2003), a case for taxing inherited fortunes. He is co-author with Mary Wright of The Moral Measure of the Economy, a book about Christian ethics and economic life.

He was featured in this interview in Sun Magazine and with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air.

He is co-author of several IPS reports including “White Supremacy Is the Pre-Existing Condition: Eight Solutions to Ensure the Economic Recovery Reduces the Racial Wealth Divide,” Gilded Giving 2022: How Wealth Inequality Disrupts Philanthropy and Imperils Democracy, “Billionaire Enabler States: How U.S. States Captured by the Trust Industry Help the World’s Wealthy Hide Their Fortunes (2022), Silver Spoon Oligarchs: How America’s 50 Largest Inherited Wealth Dynasties Accelerate Inequality (2021) and “Billionaire Bonanza 2020: Wealth Windfalls, Tumbling Taxes, and Pandemic Profiteers.”

He is a founding member of the Patriotic Millionaires. In 1995, he co-founded United for a Fair Economy (UFE) to raise the profile of the inequality issue and support popular education and organizing efforts to address inequality. He was Executive Director of UFE from 1995-2001 and Program Director until 2005.

For media inquiries, contact Olivia Alperstein at olivia@ips-dc.org. For public speaking inquiries, contact Jodi Solomon Speakers Bureau.

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Boost Workers and Tax Billionaires

As the super-rich got richer, the most economically precarious have been pushed to the curb.

We Must End the Housing Crisis

Communities need to expand the supply of local homeownership and permanently affordable rental housing, owned by nonprofits and community housing authorities.

Who Is Buying My Neighborhood?

Anonymous corporations own more and more of our cities.

U.S. Billionaires Got 62 percent Richer During Pandemic. They’re Now Up $1.8 Trillion.

Billionaire wealth gains made during the COVID-19 pandemic could pay for half of Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget package

More Evidence of Warehousing of Wealth in Donor-Advised Funds

New report finds more than one billion dollars in DAF grants went to other commercial DAFs in 2019.

Global Billionaires See $5.5 Trillion Pandemic Wealth Surge

Global advocates call for one-time, 99 percent emergency tax on billionaires’ pandemic windfalls to fund COVID-19 jabs for entire world.

Helping the Rich Let Go

A new generation of wealth advisors helps wealthy people give away their money instead of hoard it.

New Research Suggests DAF Payout Is Worse Than We Thought

We must prevent our charitable system from being misused by those with the means and motivation to do so.

Billionaire Pandemic Wealth Gain Could Pay For Biden’s American Families Plan

U.S. billionaires have reaped $1.8 trillion in wealth gains since March 2020.

What Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta Means for Charities — and Our Democracy

A new Supreme Court decision enables billionaires to anonymously weaponize their philanthropy.

REPORT: Silver Spoon Oligarchs

How America’s 50 Largest Inherited-Wealth Dynasties Accelerate Inequality

The rich got richer while millions lost their livelihoods. It’s time for a wealth tax

The rich got richer while millions lost their livelihoods. It’s time for a wealth tax.

How Billionaires’ Secretive Speculation Threatens the Next Financial Meltdown

The implosion of Archegos is an early warning sign about the next generation of unaccountable capital and exotic, risky financial instruments hidden inside ‘family offices.’

Who Owns the City? Luxury Towers and Supercharged Gentrification

Wealthy workers moving into central, walkable neighborhoods has long caused gentrification, but global capital is exacerbating the situation.

Decades of Warehousing Charity Dollars — the ‘Fidelity Effect’ on Charitable Giving

Critics of Donor-Advised Funds, or DAFs, have long argued that they starve nonprofits of much-needed funds by “warehousing” charitable donations.

Family Offices: Trillion Dollar Pools of Unregulated Capital You Haven’t Heard About

With the collapse of Archegos Capital, family offices — a main tool of the wealth defense industry — are in the headlines.

U.S. Billionaire Wealth Skyrocketed 55 Percent During Pandemic, Accelerating Inequality

Pandemic inequalities may explain the popularity of proposals to restore progressive income and wealth taxes on the very wealthy.

Don’t Let the Rich Avoid Taxes

A progressive tax system is one of the few tools we can deploy to slow and reverse the growth of billionaire power.

Responding to Concerns about the Emergency Charity Stimulus Proposal

Make no mistake: this pandemic is the “rainy day” DAFs and foundations have been saving for.

A Third of U.S. Billionaire Wealth Gains Since 1990 Have Come During Pandemic

U.S. billionaire pandemic profit balloons to $4.56 trillion, a 55 percent increase.

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