Category Archives: Uncategorized

Let’s add a charitable donation line on restaurant receipts

Those diners are probably already spending quite a lot of money, there’s a good chance that they’re drunk and happy and feeling generous, and given the opportunity to give then and there, many of them will seize it.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Disney World Edition

Slate Money on pink slime, Disney’s Netflix deal, and open seating plans.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Enough already with the charitable deduction

Charities have a very good public reputation, and it’s easy for lawmakers to want to support them. But this is not the way to do that.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Shared Values Edition

Slate Money on the stock market, index composition, and Etsy.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Unsolicited advice for the Berkshire Museum

The tl;dr: try engaging your critics a little bit, and being much more honest about the realities you’re facing and the trade-offs you are making.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Unsolicited advice for the Berkshire Museum

Torte de Santiago

At heart, you combine the three ingredients, bung it in the oven for half an hour, and presto, you’re done.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Torte de Santiago

The Bad Eggs Edition

Slate Money on Anthony Scaramucci, productivity, and Hampton Creek’s eggless mayo.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Bad Eggs Edition

The Meaning of the Mooch

Anthony Scaramucci is a schmoozer, a chameleon, and quite possibly a man with no soul. He’s Trump’s most dangerous enabler yet.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Meaning of the Mooch

Pantries > libraries

It’s a bit facile to take the real problems with Little Free Libraries, and to assume that Little Free Pantries suffer from the same ailments. They don’t.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Saving forests saves lives

Saving forests saves lives, both directly and indirectly. So let’s do it for that simple and near-term reason, and let’s pay for any necessary incentives through public-health resources rather than climate-related funding.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The Fake Loans Edition

Slate Money on private student loan debt, Donald Trump’s ties to Deutsche Bank, and hedge funders evading taxes.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Fake Loans Edition

The weird Scaramucci appointment

He might be able to win over the Davos crowd. But America as a whole has a much more finely-honed bullshit detector.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The weird Scaramucci appointment

The downside of giving money to public-health charities

When you add NGOs to the development mix, it’s important to remember what you’re subtracting at the same time.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The downside of giving money to public-health charities

Betraying Norman Rockwell

The painting will now leave the world of museums, re-enter private hands, and be replaced with an “interpretive plan” of “thematic zones”. It’s not a good trade.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Betraying Norman Rockwell

The Cash Offer Edition

Slate Money on going cashless with Visa, coding boot camps, and Warren Buffett.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Cash Offer Edition

People of color aren’t managing foundations’ money. They should be.

Never let it be said that nothing substantive ever comes out of expense-account boondoggles like the Black Corporate Directors Conference.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on People of color aren’t managing foundations’ money. They should be.

Rich people giving to rich people: The good, the bad, and the very, very ugly

In a weird way, Eric Trump is a good charity fundraiser precisely because he so intuitively understands the venality of the rich.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Rich people giving to rich people: The good, the bad, and the very, very ugly

The Met museum and the curse of growth

Once a museum reaches a certain size (and the Met is already much bigger than that size), growth pays no dividends.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Met museum and the curse of growth

The White-Collar Crime Edition

Slate Money on The Chickenshit Club, sexual harassment in Silicon Valley, and Hobby Lobby.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The White-Collar Crime Edition

Hello, Dollar

The Greatest American Object in Art History

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hello, Dollar

How art begets architecture, Leonard Lauder edition

For the time being, the Met is going keep on kicking the tires of various billionaires, in the hope that one of them, eventually, will pay for a shiny new modern-and-contemporary wing.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How art begets architecture, Leonard Lauder edition

The Methodologically Problematic Edition

Slate Money on Google’s antitrust violations, Italian banks, and Seattle’s minimum wage.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Methodologically Problematic Edition

How not to give credit for malaria reduction

It’s invidious to try to single out individual contributions and then quantify their marginal effects.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How not to give credit for malaria reduction

Jay Sekulow and the culture of non-profit impunity

If Sekulow hadn’t gotten involved in the all-encompassing political fustercluck that is the Trump-Russia investigation, almost certainly he would have happily kept on raking in the millions from unsuspecting small donors, without consequence.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Jay Sekulow and the culture of non-profit impunity

Agnes Gund’s philanthropic innovations

Agnes Gund is a true innovator in terms of creating a whole new way for rich people to donate their millions.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment