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Claudia Jacobs
Claudia J. Jacobs, MSW is the Associate Director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Her career has included philanthropy, donor advising, teaching, program development, fund development,
communications and work in juvenile justice and child welfare for a variety of non-profits.

Entries by Claudia Jacobs

Charity Doesn't Always Begin at Home: Student Philanthropy Experience Path to Future Giving

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 1:38 PM

A recent report released by the Heller School's Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, at Brandeis University, points to new insights into building a pipeline to create philanthropists. Drawing from over 1,600 respondents enrolled in college classes where the study of philanthropy is infused into the course...

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Compassion, Action and Sleeping Well

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 4:54 PM

In my "other life," I run a homestay Bed and Breakfast. The supplementary income allows me to keep my Victorian house, important because I am way too lazy to pack up and move after almost 30 years, and I meet interesting people from all over the world by just walking...

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Uncircling the Wagons: Philanthropists Who Didn't Cause Our Social Problems

(2) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 3:46 PM

Peter Buffett's op-ed this summer in the New York Times pointed to the irony of the mega-wealthy cloaking themselves with the accoutrements of philanthropy and campaigning against social ills while wealth accumulation itself contributed to some of those very problems. Begging the question, is philanthropy tantamount to a PR campaign...

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Foundations Should Take a Look at the Largest Poverty Minority. Think Inclusively, Act Inclusively

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 10:44 AM

Living on $710 a month from SSI, Risa, a woman with disabilities who graduated summa cum laude from a top university, cannot find a job. The day will come when her aging parents, with whom she lives, can no longer care for her and $710 a month in a San...

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Confronting Diversity: Can Foundations Face Their Own Equity Contradiction?

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 2:36 PM

Until I was seven, my family lived in a veterans' housing project in Woodside, NY. WWII veterans and their families lived together in that project in a racial mix that likely reflected the military. Using my-grown up memory to look back, I recall the composition was about 1/3 white families,...

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Why Philanthropy Should Steam Ahead and Support the Creative Economy

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 1:45 PM

When I was a college student in the 60s we thought ourselves intellectual, political and even somewhat evolved. A widely acknowledged putdown of college athletes oft heard was that their course load included Basket Weaving 101. That statement was not only insensitive to athletes; it also inadvertently reflected an additional...

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Disasters Motivate Donors, But How Can Everyday Problems Compete?

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 1:12 PM

On April 15th, explosions rang out at the finish line of the 117th running of the Boston Marathon. The Marathon, on Patriots Day annually, is a Boston rite of spring. But allegedly two young men shattered that rite and shook our foundation as Bostonians, literally and figuratively, for reasons we...

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Is There a Role for Philanthropy in a Socialist State?

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 2:53 PM

I recently boarded an airplane with five colleagues and friends headed for Havana, Cuba. While the trip was mainly a "people to people exchange" vacation, while traveling, I kept my investigative nose to the ground to sniff out whether philanthropy -- the 'organized' giving of personal and institutional resources to...

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Creating Community as We Age... a Role for Philanthropy?

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 3:29 PM

I have a friend named Carol Hoopes -- she currently works at the Boston University School of Management but is planning in her next career to help others confront the issues of making an age-related transition. Carol has recruited a group of female baby boomer friends to be a "lab"...

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Charity Begins at Home?

(2) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 12:08 PM

Most people (if they think about this at all), think that people grow up being charitable because of the way they were brought up by their parents. New research soon to be released from a study of college students taking non-profit and philanthropy courses across 34 universities in three Midwestern...

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Twas the Night After Christmas -- and Before the New Year

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 5:17 PM

If the End of Days doesn't arrive on December 21st, there are so many critical questions we need to ask about charitable deductions. One would think, with all that is whirling around the media about this benefit possibly going over the fiscal cliff, we would have more definitive answers by...

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