‘Philanthropy’ Archive

An Addendum to the Manifesto: My Youth as a Deficit Hawk – Howard Ahmanson October 17, 2016 No Comments

It occurred to me that during the first period in my life that I was a conservative, which was in my youth, I was motivated mainly by deficit hawkery.  I was ten in the year that Nixon ran against Kennedy, and I read somewhere in the paper that Nixon and the Republicans favored sound money, […]

A Manifesto:  Important Events That Shaped My Political Views – Howard Ahmanson October 10, 2016 1 Comment

As I reflect upon the beginnings of my present political views, I believe that three specific events shaped my way of thinking. The first was my conversion to Christianity. The second was my introduction to ‘Reconstructionism’ and my subsequent move beyond it. The third was my exposure to the writings of Francis Fukuyama. As a […]

Rich Kid at Work – Interview: Howard Ahmanson, Jr. December 5, 2015 No Comments

Interview from July / August 2002 issue of Philanthropy magazine Howard Ahmanson Sr. was a pioneer in California’s postwar savings and loan industry, financing much of the state’s housing boom in the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. He left his estate split between the Ahmanson Foundation and his son, who originally rebelled against the windfall. Later, Howard Ahmanson Jr. decided to […]

"HELL YEAH!!" December 20, 2012 No Comments

Derek Sivers, who I have run across recently, says we should never say Yes unless it”s on the level of “HELL YEAH!!” and otherwise we should say No. As a philanthropist I can see this clearly. We must say No to 99% of the requests made of us so that we may fulfill the 1% […]

Issue of Hybridization between Philanthropy and Investment June 28, 2012 No Comments

Another approach by David Bornstein to the issue of hybridization between philanthropy and investment from my recent post Philanthropy and Investment: The Distinctions Begin to Blur. Related: “For Ambitious Nonprofits, Capital to Grow” by David Bornstein at NYTimes.com

Philanthropy and Investment: The Distinctions Begin to Blur June 12, 2012 2 Comments

I grew up believing that ‘philanthropy’ and ‘investment’ were two distinct things and not to be confused. They both serve the public, but in different ways; investment in business by [hopefully] producing worthy products at enough profit to make a good living for employees, executives, and entrepreneurs. [Milton Friedman is wrong; “maximizing shareholder value” is […]

Earned Success October 21, 2011 1 Comment

Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute and public conservative spokesman, has been writing and speaking recently about happiness.  He spoke at the recent Christian Community Development Conference, and declared that money does not necessarily bring happiness except that a slight increase in income or wealth does make the poor happier.  What makes people […]

Are Corporations People? Part II April 26, 2011 No Comments

I have another observation to be added to my Corporations post.  And it’s kind of a compliment, incidentally, on the work of corporations and business in general in creating wealth. In John 6:15, Jesus, after feeding the five thousand, “knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a […]

Today’s Educational Paradigm March 30, 2011 2 Comments

I might take some of what is said with a grain of salt, but this cartoon video explains issues about education – the number one interest of conservative philanthropists – with a clarity I have never seen before.