Callahan David

David Callahan

Founder & Editor, Inside Philanthropy

DAVID CALLAHAN is the founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy. He has written extensively on trends in philanthropy, as well as American culture, public policy and business. David is author, most recently, of The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age. A widely quoted expert on philanthropy, he is also editor of The Inside Philanthropy Reader: Essential Articles on Giving, from Crowdfunding to the Rise of Billionaire Donors, and editor of the "State of American Philanthropy" white paper series published by Inside Philanthropy.

In addition, David is the founder of Blue Tent, which conducts research and analysis to identify the best giving opportunities for donors looking to advance progressive change. Blue Tent evaluates nonprofits, electoral groups, and candidates, and offers recommendations to inform both philanthropic and political giving.

Before launching Inside Philanthropy in 2014, David co-founded Demos, the national think tank, where he held various leadership positions and conducted research on a wide range of issues related to economic and political inequality, as well as writing on moral values, professional ethics and business. Previously, David was a resident scholar at the Century Foundation and managing editor of the American Prospect, the public policy journal.

In addition to The Givers, David is the author of seven widely reviewed books on domestic and international issues, including The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead. He has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs, including major networks and national NPR shows. He has published numerous op-ed and feature articles, including in the New York Times and Washington Post. He has spoken at over 150 universities and associations around the U.S., frequently as a keynote speaker.

David is a graduate of Hampshire College and received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, where he studied American politics and international relations. David lives in Santa Monica, California. You can contact him at

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