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Howard Husock
Howard Husock is the vice president for policy research at the Manhattan Institute and director of the Manhattan Institute's Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship Initiative. He is the author of the "Philanthropy and Society" blog on
• Policy Reform
• Housing Development
• Government Reform
• Social Entrepreneurship
• Philanthropy & the History of Philanthropy
Heather Mac Donald
Heather Mac Donald is a John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. She also is a recipient of 2005 Bradley Prize for Outstanding Intellectual Achievement.
• Education Policy
• Homeland Security
• Immigration
• Welfare Policy
• Philanthropy
• Policing
Guy Sormon
Guy Sorman is a City Journal contributing editor and one of France's leading public intellectuals.
• Economic Theories
• Development Economics
• Culture and Development

Philanthropy Initiative.

Americans are often called "the most generous people on earth," thanks to the nearly $300 billion we donate annually to charities. The uniquely American combination of major philanthropy and individual charity has helped make possible great universities and cultural institutions, funded advances in scientific and medical research, and supported a wide range of forms of assistance for those in need. But the question of the respective roles of this "independent sector" and that of government continues to be sharply debated. Once thought likely to fade away as government social services expanded, privately-supported groups to help those in need are more important—and more imaginative—than ever, as reflected in the Manhattan Institute's social entrepreneurship awards program. Directed by Howard Husock, the Manhattan Institute project on philanthropy and social entrepreneurship examines the relationship between nonprofit "civil society" and government, including public policies such as the tax code. It examines, too, the effects, and effectiveness, of American philanthropy.

More information on the Manhattan Institute's Social Entrepreneurship Initiative


Alliance for Charitable Reform Summit for Leaders | March 5




Annual Awards

William E. Simon Lecture

Annually, since 2007, the Manhattan Institute has sponsored the William E. Simon lecture on philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. This lecture series seeks to provide a framework—historical and current, scholarly and personal—for understanding the tradition and trends in American charity and charitable enterprises. Our first three lectures have ranged widely across these fields, including the 2007 talk by a distinguished historian, the 2008 talk by a renowned public policy essayist, and the December, 2009 lecture by the founder of the nation's most prominent management consulting firm for non-profits.

William E. Simon Prize For Lifetime Achievement In Social Entrepreneurship

The Simon Prize recognizes lifetime achievement in social entrepreneurship and carries with it a $100,000 honorarium. Named for the one-time secretary of the Treasury and pioneer private equity fund leader, the Prize has been awarded to those who have followed in the footsteps of such great American historical figures as Clara Barton, the founder of the Red Cross and Jane Addams, founder of Hull House, inspiration for hundreds of early 20th-century settlement houses for immigrants.

Learn more about past winners >>

Richard Cornuelle Award For Social Entrepreneurship

Each year since 2001, the Institute, in conjunction with a committee of distinguished scholars, practitioners, and foundation leaders, selects up to five individuals who have originated and effectively implemented a nonprofit organization providing direct services to those in need. Nominations for the $25,000 awards are solicited not from the organizations or individuals themselves but from donors—who have already demonstrated their own belief in the organizations they nominate. In keeping with the social entrepreneurship program's emphasis on the vitality of American civil society, the award is directed toward those with original ideas brought to fruition with predominantly private support, rather than in response to government grant programs.

Learn about award winners >>




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