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.


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


Topics of Interest

Inequality, Philanthropy

In the News

Are We Living in a Golden Age of Charitable Giving? Hardly.

Inside Philanthropy | November 30, 2017

Why Trumpism Is Here to Stay

Washington Monthly | March 1, 2017

Tax change may impact your giving

Tyler Morning Telegraph | January 18, 2017