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Philanthropy Daily is an online publication of news and opinion that provides authentic diversity of perspectives on the most important issues, persons, and ideas in the world of philanthropy. We believe that philanthropy is best understood as an integral part of civil society.

Philanthropy Daily is published by American Philanthropic, a comprehensive management, development, and communications consulting and services firm with offices in the Phoenix, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Denver areas. American Philanthropic's mission is to strengthen civil society — those nongovernmental, non-market-based associations and organizations which are vital to the health of our democracy.

Calling all Givers, Doers, & Thinkers...

Givers, Doers, and Thinkers (GDT) introduces listeners to the fascinating people and important ideas at the heart of Americal civil society. We speak with philanthropists, foundation leaders, reformers, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives, religious believers, historians, sociologists, philosophers, journalists, and anyone else who will help us understand contemporary civil society's achievements and failures. We also sprinkle in practical advice for nonprofit leaders and fundraisers. This is the podcast for anyone interested in that vital space where philanthropy and civil society intersect.

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The Center for Civil Society: a response to our needs

Crushed under so much turbulence and division, civil society today needs its friends.


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Civil society and its champions dodge a deadly bullet

The Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in Americans for Prosperity v. Bonta marks an essential defense of donor privacy and, more importantly, civil society.

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Brother, Can You Spare an ROI? 

Obsession with numbers and metrics does the philanthropist—and his grantee—no favors.


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Charity begins at home: The amazing love that would not abandon a small city and its downtown

Generosity, love of place, and local commitment: this is a recipe that can save America’s small towns, revitalize its places.



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New study: religious faith and reading the Bible increases generosity

A new study from the American Bible Society shows that “Practicing Christians” and “Bible Users” remain more generous than non-religious Americans—and that this trend held steady through the pandemic.


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The John and Daria Barry Foundation: Investing in local anti-poverty initiatives

The Barry Foundation and the Woodson Center demonstrate how local knowledge can create solutions to fighting poverty.