Informed Opinions. Workable Solutions.

Al is not afraid of taking on controversial issues in the nonprofit world, including the impact of the widening wealth gap, the inefficiency and misdirection of major foundations, the disruption brought by donor-advised funds, the ethical and financial implications of Wall Street’s growing influence in the charitable world, and the power imbalance between funder and charity.

But Al offers more than criticism: he proposes solutions and new frameworks, and he does this with color and humor. In other words, hard truths need not be hard to read.

Al is a frequent op-ed contributor to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Philanthropy Daily, Nonprofit Quarterly, and Inside Philanthropy. His blog has attracted a diverse national audience, and he has been cited as an expert on charitable issues in media outlets such as The New York Times, Barron’s, The Atlantic, Pro Publica, The Boston Globe, The Daily Beast,, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg News, and Boston Magazine.

Al’s effectiveness as a writer carries over to his public speaking. Al has a reputation as a dynamic keynoter and presenter who can break down complex issues and connect with audiences. Nonprofit leaders and philanthropists call Al provocative, memorable, and stimulating.

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Published Articles

Donor-Advised Funds and Community Foundations, Reimagined

Published: September 6, 2018
Nonprofit Quarterly

Affairs of the Heart

Published: March 22, 2018
Philanthropy Daily

Key Questions About Donor-Advised Funds Ignored in New Study

Published: March 12, 2018
Chronicle of Philanthropy

Donor-Advised Fund Payout Numbers Don’t Add Up

Published: Jul 13, 2017
Chronicle of Philanthropy

‘Pay It Forward Fund’ Sends Wrong Message to Donors

Published: Aug 8, 2016
Chronicle of Philanthropy

Nice Work If You Can Get It: Why Foundation CEOs Are Overpaid

Published: May 3, 2016
Inside Philanthropy

Donor-Advised Funds and the Shifting Charitable Landscape: Why Congress Must Respond

Published: Oct 23, 2015
Boston College Law School’s Forum on Philanthropy

Strings on Donor-Advised Funds Are Making Charity Supporters Angry

Published: Aug 12, 2015
The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The False Allure of Charitable Endowments

Published: Mar 2, 2015
Inside Philanthropy

Wall Street’s Charitable Gold Rush

Published: Feb 25, 2015
Inside Philanthropy

Is It Immoral for Charities to Push “Amazon Smile”?

Published: Dec 15, 2014
The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Donor-Advised Funds Let Wall Street Steer Charitable Donations

Published: Oct 28, 2014
The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Charity Navigator’s Superficial Ratings Miss Major Flaws in Charities

Published: Oct 6, 2013
The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Tax Laws Should Discourage Giving to Funds That Waylay Help for Charities

Published: Nov 11, 2012
The Chronicle of Philanthropy