March 30, 2015


Contest Philanthropy at the Council on Foundations: A Troubling Dynamic


The agenda for the annual meeting of the Council on Foundations includes a “shark tank” like  competition  for nonprofits to get the attention of philanthropy. Does this stuff make sense and what is the meaning nonprofits should draw?

A Different Vision of Rural Philanthropy from Nebraska’s Jeff Yost

YostIn this edition of the Cohen Report, Rick talks with the Nebraska Community Foundation’s Jeff Yost in a wide-ranging conversation about everything from rural community building to approaches to rural philanthropy from the perspective of a community foundation that thinks like a community developer.


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The Problem with Downing Street’s Grantmaking

DowningDowning Street has been shown to not be the best judge when it comes to grantmaking.

What Ails Rural Philanthropy and What Must Be Done

RuralRural areas lag behind metro counties in their recovery from the depths of the recession, and the gap continues to grow. Where is philanthropy?

Donor to University: My Money or Your Academic Freedom!

Illinois UniversityFor the second time this academic year, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign finds itself embroiled in a conflict between its donors and its principles of academic freedom.

Carrie Walton Penner’s Agenda for Education Reform through Walton Philanthropy

Charter Schools

In a rare interview with Forbes, Carrie Walton Penner reveals “a clear vision of the charter school movement over the next five years and her place in it."

Rockefeller Foundation Awards 2nd Round of Resilient Cities Winners

NewsIt’s a public-private partnership that provides philanthropic support to cities so they can prepare for crises and manmade and natural disasters.

Community Colleges Look to Raise Essential Funds from Private Donors

NewsMillions of students depend on community colleges like LaGuardia, yet most cannot afford full-price tuition. As government funding decreases, tomorrow’s leaders need individual donors to fill the gap.