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.
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.
Top-Heavy Philanthropy and Its Risks to the Independent Sector
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
Top-Heavy Philanthropy in an Age of Extreme Inequality