This is What Real Philanthropy Looks Like

Diane Ravitch's blog

We know what fake philanthropy looks like. It looks like the Broad Foundation, training inexperienced superintendents to shut down public schools and turn them over to private entrepreneurs. It looks like the Gates Foundation, foisting one bad idea after another on schools, like Common Core and test-based evaluation of teachers.

This is what real philanthropy looks like.

After years of handing out massive grants to talented individuals (the so-called “genius awards”), the McArthur Foundation decided to have a competition for a single grant of $100 million. The proposal had to be ambitious but within reach. It had to be a project that solved a very important problem. It had to be supported by a team of competent people and organizations.

I was one of many judges. I was very impressed by the applications I reviewed.

The link contains the names of the four finalists. Their ambitions are large and impressive…

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