Helen Flannery is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. She is a long-time data analysis professional who has provided nonprofits with reporting, analytics, and industry benchmarking through her work at Target Analytics and now at ROI Solutions. She has written extensively on charitable sector trends, including direct marketing fundraising, sustainer giving, and economic factors affecting donor behavior.
We need a movement to democratize philanthropy — and the concentrated wealth that increasingly defines it.
The Giving Pledgers set out to give away half of their wealth. Ten years later, their assets doubled. How do we break this pattern?
Inequality is making charity increasingly reliant on the rich. Here’s why wealthy people dominating philanthropy a problem and what we can do about it.
How Wealth Inequality Distorts Philanthropy and Imperils Democracy
Congress can help nonprofits come up with an additional $200 billion — without costing taxpayers another dime.
We must reform the rules governing philanthropy to encourage more broad-based participation and to reduce the risks of top-heavy, tax-avoidance giving.
Growing inequity in charitable giving continues to hold risks not only for nonprofits but for the entire nation.
As taxpayers, we need to know whether a donation actually makes it to a charitable cause.
The rich are claiming substantial tax benefits through shady donor-advised funds. How are they getting away with it?
Wealthy donors are hoarding money in shady ‘charity’ accounts in the face of urgent community needs.
Donor-Advised Charity Funds Sequestering Billions in the Face of Growing Inequality
Billions are being warehoused in donor-advised funds in the face of urgent social needs.
Unchecked, private foundations can become blocks of concentrated unaccountable power with considerable clout in shaping our laws and culture.
Concentrated Giving by Wealthy Donors along with Falling Donations by Non-Wealthy Pose Risks to Independent Sector and Civil Society