Helen Flannery is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. She is a long-time researcher and data analysis professional working in the nonprofit sector and has written extensively on nonprofit industry trends, including direct marketing fundraising, online giving, sustainer giving, and the macroeconomic factors affecting donor behavior.



How the Rich Exploit Charitable Giving Rules to Hoard Their Fortunes

As taxpayers, we need to know whether a donation actually makes it to a charitable cause.

What’s Happening to Charitable Giving in This Country?

The rich are claiming substantial tax benefits through shady donor-advised funds. How are they getting away with it?

If You Take a Charitable Tax Deduction, You Should Actually Give to Charity

Wealthy donors are hoarding money in shady 'charity' accounts in the face of urgent community needs.

Report: Warehousing Wealth

Donor-Advised Charity Funds Sequestering Billions in the Face of Growing Inequality

Stop Warehousing Wealth in Charity Funds

Billions are being warehoused in donor-advised funds in the face of urgent social needs.

When Billionaires Dominate Philanthropy

Unchecked, private foundations can become blocks of concentrated unaccountable power with considerable clout in shaping our laws and culture.

New IPS Report Warns of Increasingly Top-Heavy Philanthropy

Concentrated Giving by Wealthy Donors along with Falling Donations by Non-Wealthy Pose Risks to Independent Sector and Civil Society

Report: Gilded Giving

Top-Heavy Philanthropy in an Age of Extreme Inequality

Associate Fellow

Institute for Policy Studies

Program on Inequality and the Common Good

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Topics of Interest

Inequality, Philanthropy

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