Doug White

In Public


Don’t Get Duped: How to Avoid Post-Harvey Charity Scams
Quoted in CNN Money (August 30, 2017)

State Lawmaker’s Charity Borrowed from Political Campaign, Inconsistently Filed Reports
Quoted in the Chicago Tribune (August 26, 2017)

Why Nonprofits Pay Big Money for Events at Venues Like Mar-A-Lago
Interviewed on NPR’s Here & Now (August 23, 2017)

Charities Split Over Ethics and Fundraising Risks of Returning to Mar-A-Lago
Quoted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (August 4, 2017)

Grassley Report on Wounded Warrior Project is Flawed
Press Release published by Morningstar (and others) (May 25, 2017)

Grassley Praises WWP Management Changes
Quoted in The NonProfit Times (May 24, 2017)

How The Wounded Warrior Project Story Affects CPAs
(Podcast) Interviewed by the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs (April 17, 2017)

The New Celebrity Fundraising
Fundraising Quote in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (April 4, 2017)

New Nonprofit Puts Money Over Mission and Ethics
Quoted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (March 30, 2017)

Wounded Warriors Get High Marks From Ratings Agencies
Quoted in Newsmax (March 23, 2017)

WWP Execs Exonerated, NY Times Fake News Hurt Millions Of Wounded Vets!
Referenced in Freedom Daily (March 23, 2017)

Demand for Information On Harvard Gift Raises Thorny Issues for Fundraisers
Quoted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (March 09, 2017)

Wounded Warrior Vindicated
Referenced in The East Hampton Star (March 2, 2017)

After Financial Hit, Recovery of Jacksonville-Based WWP Could Take Years
Quoted in the Florida Times-Union (February 20, 2017)

Georgia Police Fundraiser: Where Did The Money Go?
Quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (February 12, 2017)

Watchdogs Exonerate Wounded Warrior Project, Corroborate Independent Report by Doug White
News Release PR Newswire (February 9, 2017)

Mr. Trump, Let’s End the Hypocrisy and Deny Tax Breaks to Churches
Editorial in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (February 3, 2017)

Wounded Warrior Project Was Unfairly Wounded by Reports
Referenced in Berks County Community Foundation Newsletter (January 26, 2017)

2016 Giving Report & 2017 Forecast
Interviewed on Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio (January 20, 2017)

ACLU’s Tough Talk on Trump Leads to Huge Fundraising Success
Quoted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (January 12, 2017)


Wounded Warrior Project Faces Tough Choices As It Rebuilds Following Controversy
Quoted in Stars and Stripes (December 31, 2016)

MA Attorney General Retools Charity Report After Flaws Highlighted
Quoted in the Worcester Telegram (December 4, 2016)

Q&A: The Clintons and Haiti, What You Need to Know
Quoted in the Associated Press (October 12, 2016)

Conscious Capitalism: It’s On Us
Quoted in Feminine Collective (October 2, 2016)

Podcast: Ousted Wounded Warrior Project Executives Speak Out
Bill O’Reilly: The Factor Online (September 30, 2016)

Report Blames Board, Whistleblowers, Media for Wounded Warrior Project Scandal
WWP Report described on WJAX (September 26, 2016)

Independent Report Rips Media and Wounded Warrior Project Board of Directors
WWP Report described on WJXX (September 22, 2016)

Overview of WWP Report
Interviewed by Denver Frederick on the Business of Giving (September 18, 2016)

The Gutting of Wounded Warrior: How to Kill a Charity
WWP Report described in Forbes (September 12, 2016)

Independent, 79-Page Report Rips Media, Board in Wounded Warrior Project Controversy
WWP Report described in NonProfit PRO (September 7, 2016)

Independent Report Faults Media and WWP Board for Fiasco
WWP Report described in the NonProfit Times (September 6, 2016)

Apple and Others Help Customers Donate to the Red Cross, and Only the Red Cross
Quoted in ProPublica (September 1, 2016)

Iliitches’ Wayne State Gift Comes With Strings
Quoted in the Detroit Free Press (August 28, 2016)

Foundation Tapped Chelsea Clinton Friend’s Firm to Manage Endowment 
Quoted in the Wall Street Journal (August 26, 2016)

Why Hilary Clinton’s Foundation Ties Raise Ethical Concerns
Interviewed on the CBS Morning News (August 26, 2016)

Duke Files Claim of $10 Million Against Estate of Deceased Donor Aubrey McClendon
Quoted in the Duke Chronicle (August 25, 2016)

A Glimpse Inside Operations at the Clinton Foundation
Participated in a discussion on PBS NewsHour (August 25, 2016)

More Evidence of Clinton Foundation Influence at State Department
Interviewed on AirTalk KPCC (August 25, 2016)

Duke University Makes Claim on Estate of Aubrey McClendon
Quoted in the Wall Street Journal (August 24, 2016)

Many Donors to Clinton Foundation Met with Her at State
Quoted in the Associated Press (August 23, 2016)

Big News from the Clinton Foundation
Interviewed on The World on BBC (August 19, 2016)

Trump’s Mixing of Politics, Religion, and Charity Spells Trouble
Editorial in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (June 27, 2016)

Dan Pallotta Gets it Wrong Again with Plan to Create One Big Charity Association
Editorial in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (May 31, 2016)

One Breast Cancer Advocate on Why She Hates Fundraising Walks
Interviewed on National Public Radio – Here and Now (April 5, 2016)

New Project for Wounded Warrior Charity: Regain Trust
Quoted in Stars and Stripes (March 18, 2016)

Wounded Warrior Upheaval Shows Perils of Fighting Charity Watchdogs
Quoted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (March 11, 2016)

The Robertson Lawsuit Against Princeton University
Interviewed by Denver Frederick for The Business of Giving (February 7, 2016)

Charity Navigator Must Grow Up or Shut Down
Editorial in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (January 28, 2016)

Experts Urge Wounded Warrior to Address Criticism Directly, and Fast
Quoted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (January 28, 2016)

Showtime’s ‘Billions’ Offers a Cynical View of Big Giving
Editorial in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (January 22, 2016)


University of California – Irvine Donors Keep Eye On Faculty Hiring
Quoted in the Orange County Register (December 21, 2015)

Fundraisers Pocket Nearly Half of Charity Donations
Quoted in the Orange County Register (December 15, 2015)

Charitable Motivations of Billionaires
Interviewed on CCTV-America (China Central Television) (December 10, 2015)

Is This Charity Any Good?
Interviewed by Tiny Spark (December 8, 2015)

How Much of Donors’ Cash Do Charities Actually Get?
Quoted in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette (December 5, 2015)

Mark Zuckerberg Takes Unconventional Approach to Philanthropy
Quoted in USA Today (December 2, 2016)

Mark Zuckerberg Pledges to Give Away 99% of Facebook Shares
Brief Comment on ABC Good Morning America (December 2, 2015)

Before You Write Out Checks on Giving Tuesday, Consider This
Brief Comment on Public Radio International (December 1, 2015)

The Business of Philanthropy: Can For-Profit Strategies Work in the Nonprofit World?
Sage Business Researcher (Password required) (October 26, 2015)

Ethical Decision-Making: Should You Really Trust Your Instinct?
Presentation at Oxford University (October 13, 2015)

Golf Foundation Tied to RSA: Big Bucks, Skimpy Giving
Quoted in (October 12, 2015)

Judge Rejects Request by Paul Smith’s College to Change Its Name
Quoted in the New York Times (October 8, 2015)

Renaming of Northern New York College to Honor Big Donor Stirs Emotional Protests From Alumni
Quoted by the Associated Press (September 13, 2015)

Hedge Funds’ Impact on the Philanthropic Community
Bloomberg and the New York Hedge Fund Roundtable (Moderated a panel of three hedge fund managers) (September 9, 2015)

How A Rise In Dementia Poses Tests for Charities
Quoted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy (August 31, 2015)
(Note: The article refers to me as a “planned-giving lawyer.” Although planned giving is among my specialties, I am not an attorney.)

Chairman Promises a Review of Unspent Charity
Quoted by the Associated Press (August 27, 2015)

No Gift Should Be a Suicide Pact – So Drop the Perpetuity Idea
Editorial in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (August 24, 2015)

Paid Celebrities Give Hearing Foundation a Louder Voice
Interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio (July 24, 2015)

Charity Sues Over Pledge: A Promised Donation Must Be Given
Quoted in the Los Angeles Times (July 21,2015)

Legendary NYU Fundraiser Pushes for Higher Standards for Nonprofits
Quoted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (July 20, 2015)

How Much is a Celebrity Worth? Nonprofits Pay for Star Power
Interviewed by Tiny Spark (June 22, 2015)

An Award for Bill Clinton Came with $500,000 for His Foundation
Quoted in the New York Times (May 29, 2015)

Clinton To Continue Giving Speeches
Quoted in The Blade (Reuters) (May 4, 2015)

Interview with Emily Rafferty, President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Co-Sponsored by: Women in Development and Columbia University (April 30, 2015)

The Nonprofit Behind Billions In Mortgage Aid Is a Mess
Quoted in Bloomberg (March 18, 2015)

Nonprofit Contractor Sent Government $1.1 Million Bill for Parties and Retreats
Quoted in The Washington Post (March 13, 2015)

Taxpayers Lose Billions to Telemarketers Through Charity Fundraising
Quoted in (March 10, 2015)

Eric Garcetti’s Mayor’s Fund Lets Companies Give Big
Quoted in the Los Angeles Times (March 3, 2015)

Donor-Advised Funds on the Rise with Tech Elite
Quoted in USA Today (February 21, 2015)

Dana Point Parishioner’s Lawsuit Claims O.C. Diocese Mismanaged Funds
Quoted in the Orange County Register (January 31, 2015)


Donor-Intent Conflicts on the Rise, Philanthropy Experts Say
Quoted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (December 15, 2014)

When Unhappy Donors Want Their Money Back
Quoted in the Wall Street Journal (December 14, 2014)

Virtue and Power
Article and excerpts from “Abusing Donor Intent” The Society Diaries (November-December 2014)

Charity Moneyball:Choosing Winning Nonprofits and Those That Just Play Games
Quoted in the New York Observer (October 30, 2014)

The Slow Philanthropic Response to the Ebola Outbreak
Interviewed on CCTV-America (China Central Television) (October 23, 2014)

Q & A on “Abusing Donor Intent”
Ladue News (September 25, 2014)

Keeping Them Honest: Disgraced Veterans Charity Is Still In Business
Interviewed on CNN (September 17, 2014)

Has the Ice Bucket Challenge Changed Healthcare Fundraising Forever?
Quoted in Forbes (September 1, 2014)

Donor Intent and Unwelcome Results
Response to the review of “Abusing Donor Intent” in the Wall Street Journal (August 29, 2014)

Book Review: “Abusing Donor Intent”
The Wall Street Journal (August 18, 2014)

Book Review: “Abusing Donor Intent” – Benefits of a Gift Gone Wrong
Philanthropy Magazine (Philanthropy Roundtable) (Summer 2014)

Red Cross Reverses Stance on Sandy Spending “Trade Secrets”
Quoted in ProPublica (August 15, 2014)

Public Confidence in Chinese Charities Tested
Interviewed on CCTV-America (China Central Television) (August 14, 2014)

Who Gives Most to Charity?  You Might Be Surprised
Quoted in the Orange County Register (July 26, 2014)

Red Cross: Spending is a ‘Trade Secret’
Interviewed on CNN (July 5, 2014)

Red Cross: How We Spent Sandy Money Is a “Trade Secret”
Quoted in ProPublica (June 26, 2014)

Nonprofits Watch Nervously as Watchdog Groups Multiply and Demand More
Quoted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (June 16, 2014)

Master’s Programs in Fundraising Are Helping Students Meet Job Demands
Quoted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (June 16, 2014)

Appointment to Director of Columbia University’s Fundraising Management Graduate Program
Columbia Press (June 9, 2014)

The Do’s and Don’ts of Online Fundraising
Article in Nonprofit Information (June 3, 2014)

Where Does That Money Go?
Interview with Education News (June 2, 2014)

Protecting Yourself Against a Donor Lawsuit
Article in the newsletter for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (June 2014)

Blank Rome’s Representation in the Landmark Robertson v. Princeton University Profiled in New Book
Blank Rome (June 2014)

Doug White Discusses the Top 3 Ethical Issues in the Nonprofit World
Columbia University In the News (May 30, 2014)

N.Y. Attorney General Pressed Red Cross on Post-Sandy Spending, Then Retreated
Quoted in ProPublica (May 27, 2014)

Hard Lessons from Princeton’s $900 Million Donor-Intent Lawsuit
Chronicle of Philanthropy (May 18, 2014)

Protecting Yourself Against a Donor Lawsuit
Association of Fundraising Professionals (May 15, 2014)

Robertson v. Princeton and “Abusing Donor Intent”
Nonprofit Radio with Tony Martignetti (May 9, 2014)

Abusing Donor Intent
WMJI Cleveland (from 47:30 to 56:30 on the show’s timeline) (May 5, 2014) Now Deleted

Doing Well by Doing Good: The High Price f Working in War Zones
Quoted in The Washington Post (May 4, 2014)

ControversySurrounds Wounded Warriors, Lavish Salaries, and White House
Quoted in Independent Voter Network (April 22, 2014)

Long After Sandy, Red Cross Post-Storm Spending Still a Black Box
Quoted in ProPublica (April 11, 2014)

Book Review: “Abusing Donor Intent”
Philanthropy News Digest (Foundation Center) (April 8, 2014)

Livestrong Without Lance
Inc. Magazine (April 1, 2014)

Komen Race Revenue Limping Along
Quoted in The Nonprofit Times (April 1, 2014)

Donors Fighting Back Against Arrogant Charities
Article in the New York Post (March 29, 2014)

Commercial Fundraisers Swallow Millions Meant for Charity
Quoted in the Orange County Register (January 31, 2014)

Charities Need to Do More to Save the Charitable Deduction
Editorial in The Nonprofit Times (January 15, 2014


McDonald’s Accused of Being Cheap Toward It Charitable Arm
Quoted by ABC News Good Morning America (October 31, 2013)

Parents pressure Van Andel Institute . . .after scientist moves to Spectrum Health
Quoted in MLive (Michigan) (October 21, 2013)

‘Funniest Celebrity in Washington’: VIPs still rally to fundraiser despite little aid to charity
Quoted in the Washington Post (September 30, 2013)

Can we keep bad charities in line?
Quoted in the Orange County Register (September 20, 2013)

Livestrong Donations Decline 8.1% Amid Split With Armstrong
Quoted in Bloomberg (July 23, 2013)

A Mega-Camp Adds to the Boy Scouts’ Troubles
Quoted in Reuters (July 12, 2013)

“Worst Charities” Report Prompts Calls for Charities to Respond
Quoted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (June 26, 2013)

USC Coach’s Charity Puts Needy Kids in New Sneakers
Quoted in The State (Columbia, SC) (June 22, 2013)

Tampa Charity “Starting Right, Now” Sues Homeless Teens It Tried to Help
Quoted in the Tampa Bay Times (June 19, 2013)

Exposing America’s Worst Charities
Interviewed (panel) on KQED (San Francisco) (June 19, 2013)

Expert Weighs in on Charities: Are They Really Transparent?
Interviewed in PennLive (Harrisburg, PA) (June 17, 2013)

Above the Law: America’s Worst Charities
CNN report (June 13, 2013)

America’s 50 Worst Charities
Quoted in Tampa Bay Times (in collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN) (June 6, 2013)

Armstrong Becomes ‘Madoff on a Bike’ As Cheating Shatters Lives
Quoted in Bloomberg (January 21, 2013)


Armstrong Poised to Lose Seven Tour Titles, Get Life Ban
Quoted in Bloomberg (August 25, 2012)

Nonprofit Inquiry Thrusts Fundraising Costs Into the Spotlight
Quoted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (August 16, 2012)

Children’s Charity Loses Millions on Real Estate
Interviewed on NBC Channel 4 – New York City (April 27, 2012)

Komen, Planned Parenthood Donors Skirt Abortion Fray
Quoted in Reuters (February 3, 2012)


Does Congress Really Care About the Charitable Deduction? (Part 1)
(Video) Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (October 4, 2011) (Content removed)

Does Congress Really Care About the Charitable Deduction? (Part 2)
(Video) Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (October 4, 2011) (Content Removed)

Is Charity Status Becoming Irrelevant?
Editorial in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (June 1, 2011)

Good Intentions Not Enough to Run Charities
Quoted in Reuters (March 25, 2011)

NPR Debacle Raises Questions for All Nonprofits
Editorial in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (March 16, 2011)

Talking Philanthropy
Podcast Interview on Philanthropy News Digest February 28, 2011)

Charitable Ethics
Interviewed by Tony Martignetti on Nonprofit Radio (January 14, 2011)

The Face of American Charity
Quoted in O Globo (January 15, 2011) Translated from Portuguese

Donations Up as Charities’ Campaigns Get Creative
Quoted in Crain’s New York Business (January 09, 2011) Crain’s Registration Required


Estate Tax Changes May Crimp Charitable Giving
Quoted In Bloomberg (December 23, 2010)

Billionaires Pledge Fortunes
Interviewed by Reuters TV (December 10, 2010)

Appointment to Heyman Center Academic Director
NYU Announcement (September 18, 2010)

Conference Considers Whether Charities Need More Regulation
New Jersey Jewish Standard (February 26, 2010)

Charities on Trial
(Video) Speech on Charity Regulation and Ethics – New York University Symposium (February 17, 2010)


Review of “Charity on Trial
MS&K Newsletter (October 2008)


Red Cross’s Tough-Guy Approach in Licensing Lawsuit Is Unwise
Editorial in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (August 23, 2007)

Ex Wall Street Executives Storm Nonprofit World
Quoted in the New York Times (August 2, 2007)

Charity on Trial Newsletter (2007)


Charity on Trial
(1) WRC Channel 4 – Washington, DC (December 26, 2006)

Charity on Trial
(2) WRC Channel 4 – Washington, DC (December 26, 2006)

Charity on Trial
WUSA Channel 9 – Washington, DC (December 18, 2006)

Charity on Trial
Book Review, Chronicle of Philanthropy (December 7, 2006)

Charity on Trial (Part 1)
Jim Bohannon Show – Nationally Syndicated Radio (November 27, 2006)


Charities Need Fairer Ways to Count Deferred Gifts in Capital Drives
Editorial in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (October 16, 2003)

New York’s Top Charity Regulator Doesn’t Understand Charities
Editorial in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (July 24, 2003)

Why Planned Giving Is In Big Trouble
Editorial in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (March 20, 2003)


Philanthropy Magazine Faces Some Questions — and a New Competitor
Chronicle of Philanthropy (January 29, 1998)

Aggressive Tactics Are Put to Good Use
Quoted in the New York Times (April 5, 1998)