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Beautiful Dreamers

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.23.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

As I travel the nation and the world speaking to arts leaders, there is one phenomenon I observe virtually everywhere: arts organizations consistently grow to the point where they are slightly uncomfortable financially.

Charity Explorers' Wild Ride: What A Death-Defying Rickshaw Race Taught Three Men About India And Fundraising

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Canon | Posted 07.22.2011 | Impact

The late April light had begun to disappear behind the Indian horizon as Daniel Gonzalez took the key to the small auto rickshaw. The ill-fated vehicl...

Nudge the Market, Change the World

Rich Tafel | Posted 07.20.2011 | Business
Rich Tafel

Government incentives can allow greater freedom of choice and, unlike government grants, do not require an annual public request for funds.

Jon Ward

GOP Donors Deserting Newt Gingrich | Jon Ward | Posted 07.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Newt Gingrich's catastrophic first week as an official Republican primary candidate may knock him out of the race before it even gets st...

Alex Wagner

Boehner Makes Inroads With Silicon Valley Powerhouses | Alex Wagner | Posted 07.17.2011 | Business

With local heroines including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Silicon Valley has long been perceived to be a stronghold ...

3 Tips for Creating a Powerful Nonprofit

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 07.12.2011 | Impact
Earl Martin Phalen

I believe that many leaders too often make three critical mistakes when starting their nonprofit. I have highlighted these pitfalls and some potential ways you can avoid them.

The Republican Money Problems

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Palin, Romney, Huckabee, Bachmann and the other Republican presidential aspirants have enjoyed a great deal of media exposure, but they have been unable to convince enough wealthy donors that their presidential hopes are plausible.

'Tractor Dave' Drives Across Country For Charity

Posted 07.11.2011 | Impact

When Dave Wolfsen restored his 1937 cherry-red COOP #2 tractor, it wasn't to show off his sweet paint job around town. Rather, he's preparing it for a...

Romney Corrals Hundreds of Fundraisers to Dial-For-Dollars From Las Vegas

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Peter Stone In the wee hours next Monday in Las Vegas, when many Sin City visitors are still sound asleep or just going to bed, an army of top fun...

Is It Quantity or Quality That Counts in the Arts?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.09.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

An arts organization that does fewer productions, but makes each of them incredibly interesting, engaging and of high quality, is better placed than one that does lots of under-funded, uninteresting weak projects each year.

Look out! Here Comes The Mom Bandwagon

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 07.03.2011 | Impact
Jamie Bechtel

If the difference you want to make is to improve the lives of women and the communities they support, then make sure you are getting the real deal.

Raising Money to Build a Better Mousetrap

Dylan Kendall | Posted 06.28.2011 | Impact
Dylan Kendall

After a decade of thinking about creativity and programs myself, I became interested in how I could apply design thinking to fundraising, the engine that drives the rest of the machine.

Spring Brings Fundraising Frenzy For Potential GOP Presidential Hopefuls

AP | By BETH FOUHY | Posted 06.24.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Mitt Romney is organizing a phone bank fundraiser in Las Vegas next month. Tim Pawlenty is holding regular "friendraising" meetings in big...

Taking Back Our Government

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

Limiting spending in campaigns would give the senator time to listen. Lobbyists and special interests would be limited. There would be time to debate rather than fundraise. And the people would recoup their government.

Dan Froomkin

Big PAC Money Flows To New Republican House Chairmen | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.16.2011 | Politics

It's true what they say about victors and spoils. Fundraising reports for the first quarter of 2011 show that the new Republican chairmen of key Ho...

WATCH: 10 New York Kickstarter Projects Worth Funding

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 06.14.2011 | New York

Kickstarter, the online funding platform for creative projects, is one of the web's biggest success stories of late. For the uninitiated, the site...

A Crisis of Our Time: Standing Up for Education

Paul Lanning | Posted 06.15.2011 | College
Paul Lanning

Community colleges -- and public higher education in general -- find themselves in a time of uncertainty. And for the nearly 3 million students enrolled in California's community colleges, the resultant pain is becoming palpable.

Laura Gottesdiener

Japan's Youth Build Generation's Identity In Time Of Crisis | Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 06.07.2011 | World

In Tome, Miyagi, a northern Japanese city about 45 minutes inland from the ravaged coastline, a group of Tokyo college students was crying. The si...

How Crowdfunding Can Bring Light To Developing Communities

Josh Tetrick | Posted 06.01.2011 | Impact
Josh Tetrick

Meet Lesley Silverthorn, CEO of Angaza Design. She's got an idea: make clean and affordable electricity accessible to all.

Emanuel and the Foundations: What Price Access?

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 05.29.2011 | Chicago
Kelly Kleiman

Whether intended or not, Emanuel's request makes it appear that access to city government is restricted to those who tithe.

Not on Our Watch: Let's Ensure Funding for the National Writing Project

Bud Hunt | Posted 05.28.2011 | Education
Bud Hunt

The National Writing Project believes in teachers and their agency at a time when almost no one else does.

My African Tour: A Summary

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.28.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

In the five African countries I visited last month, I found passionate arts communities with leaders who appreciated the importance of developing a stronger arts ecology.

School District's Budget Hopes Are Riding On Hippo

Posted 05.26.2011 | Education

Like schools across the country, the Hutto, Texas School District is in trouble -- it's $4 million dollars over budget. To avoid making layoffs, the d...

Four Market Research Mistakes to Avoid

Matt Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Cohen

The latest Republican survey being mailed out has a variety of flaws that prevent it from accurately collecting and reflecting the views of the respondents.

My Trip to Harare

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There is clearly no lack of creativity or interest in the arts community of Harare and the other provinces of Zimbabwe, simply a lack of resources.