Remembering a great philanthropist 

You probably don’t recognize the name Donald Fisher, co-founder of The Gap stores, who recently died. But if you care about educating disadvantaged children you should be grateful to him. Chester Finn of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, in this tribute, explains how Fisher and his wife Doris provided critical support, not just in money (some $60 million) but in creative stewardship, to the KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) schools and enabled them to spread across the country. I think KIPP is one of the great institutions in America today. For more information, check out the KIPP website or buy and read Jay Mathews’s Work Hard. Be Nice, which tells how two young teachers, Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, founded KIPP. Donald Fisher, as Finn writes, was one of the great philanthropists of our time. May his name be honored and his example inspire others.

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