Patty Stonesifer

Patty Stonesifer is the chair of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents and a senior adviser to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she was president, then CEO for 10 years. She spent the first two decades of her career in the technology business, where her last job was senior vice president at Microsoft.

My Goodness
March 10 2010 7:01 AMA Private MatterAm I hurting my local public schools—and hurting America—by sending my kids to expensive private schools?
My Goodness
Dec. 29 2009 11:13 AMServe With MeHow can I get my friend to come volunteer with me?
My Goodness
June 10 2009 7:00 AMAm I My Brother's Keeper?I have extra cash. My siblings don't. How much do I have to help them?
My Goodness
May 27 2009 7:02 AMGet Out of My Black-Tie Dinner, KidMy organization helps needy children but makes them sit backstage during our fundraising gala.
My Goodness
May 13 2009 7:01 AMBoard of TurkeysThis nonprofit should be great, but its board is a dud. What can I do to fix it?
My Goodness
April 29 2009 7:04 AMServe It UpIn this terrible economy, where can I find a hands-on, do-gooding job?
My Goodness
April 15 2009 6:58 AMCrawling Toward ServiceIs there any volunteer work my 3-year-old son can do?
My Goodness
April 1 2009 7:08 AMA Private MatterAm I hurting my local public schools—and hurting America—by sending my kids to expensive private schools?
My Goodness
March 18 2009 6:58 AMJust Say NoHow to turn down requests for charity without feeling like a jerk.
My Goodness
March 4 2009 6:56 AMBridge to SomewhereI could get an MBA, or I could keep working at nonprofits. Which is better?
My Goodness
Feb. 18 2009 6:55 AMCharity Begins at HomeI'm a working mom with little kids. Is there any volunteer work I can do between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.?
My Goodness
Feb. 4 2009 6:58 AMAll for ONEShould I give to charities that raise awareness, or only to charities that take direct action?
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Jan. 23 2009 7:03 AMSister, Can You Spare a Dime?I don't give to my neighborhood panhandlers. Should I?
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Jan. 21 2009 12:07 PMBlankathonShould I give money to that bikeathon, walkathon, readathon, or danceathon?
The Slate60
Feb. 8 2010 7:03 AMThe 2009 Slate 60The largest American charitable contributions of the year.
My Goodness
June 17 2009 10:30 AMCharity Fat CatsThe CEO of my favorite nonprofit earns more than $200,000. Is that outrageous?
My Goodness
June 3 2009 7:21 AMStop Pleas!The charities I support send me way too many fundraising letters. I'm sick of it. What can I do?
My Goodness
May 20 2009 6:43 AMCharity as StimulusHow to make charitable donations that also boost the economy.
My Goodness
May 6 2009 6:59 AMTeen AngelThis teenager wants to fix the world. These are the first three steps he should take.
My Goodness
April 22 2009 6:56 AMCheckout CharitiesSupermarket cashiers keep asking me to donate $1 to charity. Should I feel bad for saying no?
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April 8 2009 6:58 AMPush a Button, Change the WorldDo "click to give" sites actually do good?
My Goodness
March 25 2009 6:53 AMDeserving Kids, Undeserving MomIs this self-destructive, negligent mother taking advantage of my generosity?
My Goodness
March 11 2009 6:38 AMYou Can't Take Them With YouThe damaging myth that doctors hasten the deaths of organ donors.
My Goodness
Feb. 25 2009 6:49 AMChic Without GuiltSweatshops. Child labor. Toxic chemicals. Is it possible for a fashionista to dress herself and keep a clear conscience?
My Goodness
Feb. 11 2009 6:53 AMHow To Help a VetMany veterans charities aren't very good. But there are other ways to aid returning soldiers.
My Goodness
Jan. 28 2009 6:55 AMServe With MeHow can I get my friend to come volunteer with me?
My Goodness
Jan. 22 2009 6:49 AMThe Law-School Debt TrapHere's how to escape it and have a career in public service law.



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Michigan’s Tradition of Football “Toughness” Needs to Go—Starting With Coach Hoke

Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Will Skip Straight to Windows 10

Homeland Is Good Again! For Now.


Cringing. Ducking. Mumbling.

How GOP candidates react whenever someone brings up reproductive rights or gay marriage.

Building a Better Workplace

You Deserve a Pre-cation

The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.

The Ludicrous Claims Women Are Pitched at “Egg Freezing Parties”

Piper Kerman on Why She Dressed Like a Hitchcock Heroine for Her Prison Sentencing

Oct. 1 2014 11:48 AM An Up-Close Look at the U.S.–Mexico Border
  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 1 2014 12:20 PM Don’t Expect Hong Kong’s Protests to Spread to the Mainland
Oct. 1 2014 1:11 PM This Company Wants to Fight World Hunger With Flies 
The Eye
Oct. 1 2014 1:04 PM An Architectural Crusade Against the Tyranny of Straight Lines
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 1:01 PM Can Activists Save Reyhaneh Jabbari?  
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 10:54 AM “I Need a Pair of Pants That Won’t Bore Me to Death” Troy Patterson talks about looking sharp, flat-top fades, and being Slate’s Gentleman Scholar.
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 1:13 PM The Essence of Gender Roles in Action Movies, in One Supercut
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 1:25 PM Japanese Cheerleader Robots Balance and Roll Around on Balls
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 1 2014 12:01 PM Rocky Snow
Sports Nut
Sept. 30 2014 5:54 PM Goodbye, Tough Guy It’s time for Michigan to fire its toughness-obsessed coach, Brady Hoke.