The Philanthropy Roundtable: Catholic School Giving

The following post was contributed by Annette Jones, Assistant Director of Leadership Development at NCEA.

According to its website, The Philanthropy Roundtable is America’s leading network of charitable donors working to strengthen our free society, uphold donor intent, and protect the freedom to give. Members include individual philanthropists, families, and private foundations.

The Philanthropy Roundtable’s mission is to foster excellence in philanthropy, to protect philanthropic freedom, to assist donors in achieving their philanthropic intent, and to help donors advance liberty, opportunity, and personal responsibility in America and abroad.

  • The organization’s guiding principles include:
  • Philanthropic freedom is essential to a free society
  • A vibrant private sector generates the wealth that makes philanthropy possible
  • Voluntary private action offers solutions for many of society’s most pressing challenges
  • Excellence in philanthropy is measured by results, not by good intentions
  • A respect for donor intent is essential for philanthropic integrity

The Philanthropy Roundtable has produced a series of guidebooks on topics of interest within the philanthropic community. Recently, I read an intriguing publication, Catholic School Renaissance: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Strengthening a National Asset by Andy Smarick and Kelly Robson. Besides the authors clearly highlighting the good investment of Catholic schools, they share practical programs and visions that have included helping students’ access to Catholic schools, investing in promising new models, and investing in prospective, talented leaders. The book concludes with a section on advocacy and policy change, practical city-wide strategies, and sample opportunities for donors.

Let’s continue the discussion about donors supporting the future of Catholic education!