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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How the 1% Profit Off of Racial Economic Inequality

The racial wealth divide is bringing down median wealth, while wealth at the very top soars.

An MLK Day Reflection: The Racial Wealth Gap Is Killing the Middle Class

Ninety years out from Dr. King’s birth, the typical white family had 41 times more wealth than the typical Black family

The Government Shutdown Expands the Ranks of ‘Underwater Nation’

Unemployment is low, but federal employees are lining up at food banks. They aren’t alone.

Report: Dreams Deferred

How Enriching the 1% Widens the Racial Wealth Divide

Beware of Gifts From Billionaires

We must reform the rules governing philanthropy to encourage more broad-based participation and to reduce the risks of top-heavy, tax-avoidance giving.

The Inequality in Charitable Giving

Why billionaire philanthropy is problematic.

Can Boston Tax Its Way To More Affordable Housing?

From speculation to vacancies, taxing high-end condos may be the solution to affordable housing Boston has been looking for.

Be Wary of Billionaire Beneficence

Massive donations are great, but they mask a troubling trend.

Gilded Giving 2018: Top-Heavy Philanthropy and Its Risks to the Independent Sector

Growing inequity in charitable giving continues to hold risks not only for nonprofits but for the entire nation.

Report: Gilded Giving 2018

Top-Heavy Philanthropy and Its Risks to the Independent Sector

Baltimore Voters Stand Up to Water Privatization

In a rare instance of progressive preemption, the city’s voters told private water corporations to leave them alone.

The Wealth of America’s Three Richest Families Grew by 6,000 Percent Since 1982

Three US families have a combined wealth of $348.7bn. As their generations expand, we are are drifting toward a society governed by the rich.

Report: Billionaire Bonanza 2018

Inherited Wealth Dynasties in the 21st Century United States

Time for a Tax on Billionaire Wealth Dynasties

Now just three families own a combined fortune of $348.7 billion, which is four million times the median wealth of a U.S. family

Promoting Luxury Housing with an Ironic Twist

The artist behind a provocative faux sales office highlights the dangers of Boston’s luxury housing boom.

Trump, Kavanaugh and the Myth of Self-Made Success

The United States is not yet a country with a hereditary aristocracy of wealth and power, but unless we address the persistent inequalities around us, we are drifting in that direction.

Trump and the Dynasty Defense Industry

The president wouldn’t have his billions without the professionalized wealth protection racket.

Boston’s Luxury Housing Boom Is Expanding The City’s Racial and Class Divides

Secretly owned — and often uninhabited — luxury condos are driving up rents for all Bostonians. What can the city do?

Luxury Real Estate Boom Adds to Risk of Climate Disruption

Should cities build new fossil fuel pipelines to power skyscrapers for the super-rich?

The Wealth Hiding in Your Neighborhood

From country farmland to big city skyscrapers, absentee billionaires may be hiding wealth in your town — and driving up your cost of living.

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Program on Inequality and the Common Good

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