Our Work

At IPS, our work is centered in our vision: we believe everyone has a right to thrive on a planet where all communities are equitable, democratic, peaceful, and sustainable. Our intersecting programs and initiatives, led by a diverse group of expert staff and associate fellows, are helping to shape progressive movements toward this vision.

Latest Work

How to Truly ‘Build Back Better’ on Climate

The Build Back Better program isn’t just inadequate on climate—it may be a disaster. Here’s what movements are demanding next.

Let’s Make the Most of This ‘Tax Billionaires’ Moment

The movement to tax extreme wealth to pay for human needs suddenly has a rare political opening.

Subway’s Sandwich Mogul Meets — and Beats — the IRS

A new U.S. District Court ruling helps billionaires escape millions in gift taxes.

Why the Superrich Are Flocking to South Dakota

South Dakota has become a tax haven for the wealthy. Here’s how the trust industry gained a foothold.

The Case for a Billionaires Income Tax

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 745 U.S. billionaires have seen their total wealth increase by $2.1 trillion, a gain of 70 percent.

Don’t Cut the Build Back Better Plan — Cut the Pentagon’s Budget

The president’s $3.5 trillion human-needs plan is facing severe cuts from key members of Congress. So why does the military get $7.5 trillion, no questions asked?

Can Billionaires Save the World?

Those shiny utopias America’s super rich peddle are dulling our democracy.

Phil Knight: A Case Study in Billionaire Tax Avoidance

How to dodge over $3.6 billion in taxes.

Phil Knight’s Billion-Dollar Philanthropy: Generosity or Self-Service?

New revelations about the Nike founder’s tax-dodging schemes raise questions about his charitable giving.

Phil Knight’s Big Tax Dodge: A Q&A With Tax Attorney Bob Lord

The veteran tax attorney unraveled Nike founder Phil Knight’s tax avoidance schemes for a recent Bloomberg investigation. He sits down with Chuck Collins to explain how this is possible under existing tax law — and what should change.