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Learning More About Funders

By Alexander Russo — February 17, 2007 1 min read

Usually thought of as either all-important or ridiculously out of touch, philanthropy is increasingly diverse, occasionally innovative, and important for educators and the media to understand. Starting with a Jonathan Alter piece on DonorsChoose, here’s a slate of Slate articles to help the cause: A nonprofit works marketplace magic. Four years ago, my office phone at Newsweek rang: a cold call from Charles Best, a 26-year-old Yale graduate who was teaching in a public school in the Bronx....By the end of the call, I knew I had seen the future of American philanthropy. Making philanthropy cool.From education to health care to energy to wealth disparity to the environment, we’re living proof that being a rich nation doesn’t necessarily make us a great one. Are foundations elitist, anti-democratic, and in danger of losing their tax exemptions?. Lincoln Caplan takes on funders’ inscrutable tendencies, and the newish notion of “giving while living.”

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