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Trends In Philanthropy -- Giving To Women And Girls And Why It Matters

Dianne Bailey | Posted 07.22.2016 | Women
Dianne Bailey

When we donate to nonprofit organizations that lift up women, we can be assured that our philanthropic investments will generate dividends for entire communities.

Open Hearted Hand

Peter Buffett | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Peter Buffett

What do you believe and why do you believe it? We have been living out of stories that we're told. Stories we tell ourselves about ourselves... stories history books tell us... the newspapers tell us.... our parents tell us...

Poison the River

Peter Buffett | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Peter Buffett

We've always needed stories to make sense of the world around us. But most of the recent stories don't serve us anymore. We need new stories. Stories that stop asking us to live up to something -- and instead inspire us to live in to what's possible.


Peter Buffett | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
Peter Buffett

By removing the connections to nature and to our nature -- one by one -- we have slipped into unconsciousness. Our agricultural systems, education policies, political structures and market economies all contribute to the increasingly open wound of disconnection.


Peter Buffett | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
Peter Buffett

The violence we experience throughout culture exists because we are literally crashing against boundaries of our own creation. An inept form of education, a complete lack of equality in nearly every sector of society, literal and figurative wars against ... terror, cancer, drugs, poverty.

Time and the Machine

Peter Buffett | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Peter Buffett

Over time, we internalized this idea of dominion over things. Because we could harness the power of the seasons, we marveled when we learned to harness the power of water and steam, electricity and the atom.

An Answer for Peter Buffett -- Part 3

Bradley Good | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Bradley Good

In order for the philanthropic industry to address this problem, or any problem our society faces, there are a few critical questions that need to be asked.

An Answer for Peter Buffett -- Part 2

Bradley Good | Posted 12.30.2013 | Impact
Bradley Good

There are different stakeholders within the philanthropic industry, and each faces different challenges with different needs. For the industry to become more efficient, these issues should be viewed and addressed holistically.

The Yin and Yang of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Fundraising

Shar McBee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Shar McBee

Whatever you think of Peter Buffett's theories, at least he's engaged in looking for solutions. He's not patting himself on the back. He's willing to look at both the yin and the yang of philanthropy. I admire that Buffett doesn't profess to have the answers.

An Answer for Peter Buffett

Bradley Good | Posted 12.14.2013 | Impact
Bradley Good

What we have in the philanthropic industry is an ability to identify what are the problems, but no imaginative ideas for how they can be addressed. Great people, great intentions, but the results will not arrive.

Change Our Story: How Do We Turn Judgment into Empathy?

Peter Buffett | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
Peter Buffett

I believe that when we can base our actions on empathic responses to what we feel -- as opposed to judgments that we make -- our entire perspective will shift.

Why We Need to Overhaul Philanthropy: Interview With Peter Buffett

Idealist | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact

We talked to Peter about why he wrote the article, his reflections on the responses, and why he thinks everyone who works in the philanthropic sector needs to be "driven to lose their jobs."

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

Claudia Jacobs | Posted 10.29.2013 | Style
Claudia Jacobs

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 philant...

Change Our Story: Man Made Extinction Event

Peter Buffett | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact
Peter Buffett

As we grow into being as a child, we shift from a baby absorbing energy to someone actively engaging and responding. Creating an "impression" on the world as the world creates an impression on us.

Is Billionaire Philanthropy Fueling Inequality? | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact

Peter Buffett, the second son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, worries that the state of philanthropy in America “just keeps the existing str...

Reflecting on Peter Buffett's Challenge

Dan Cardinali | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

At the end of the day, Buffett raised some serious questions in an honest and courageous way. Those of us in the nonprofit sector would do well to consider whether our role in the "charitable-industrial complex" is making the world a better place -- or merely perpetuating "conscience laundering."

Change Our Story: My 'Complex' Week

Peter Buffett | Posted 10.07.2013 | Impact
Peter Buffett

Instead of reductionist thinking -- which science and much analyzing is wont to do. I prefer expansionist thinking. What's possible? What have we not thought of?

Charitable Donations Critical Piece of Funding for Hope's Mission

Bill Bynum | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Bill Bynum

At the Aspen Leadership Action Forum, where I am joining leading figures from around the world to pledge action on the problems of poverty, access to health care, education, etc., there is much talk about making sure philanthropy is effective.

WATCH: Warren Buffett's Son Defends Statements Against Corporate Philanthropy

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact

Philanthropist Peter Buffett is continuing the conversation about his "philanthropic colonialism" theory. The co-chairman of the NoVo Foundation, a...

The Unglamorous Truth About Ending Poverty: A Response to Peter Buffett

Zack Exley | Posted 09.28.2013 | World
Zack Exley

If people like Peter Buffett and other major philanthropic and business leaders took seriously the unglamorous truths about ending poverty, and spoke out about them, it would create the conditions for not just a new story, but a new political movement that would transform the world.

Change Our Story: Stories

Peter Buffett | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact
Peter Buffett

What we're really looking for is a new story -- a story to live in to. Not old stories to live out of. That takes some extraordinary imagination.

Change Our Story: A New Societ-e

Peter Buffett | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Peter Buffett

People are starting to gather around deeply personal and unique aspects of themselves -- and because of their sheer number and the ease of personal expression, the Internet is providing a much more nuanced look at behavior and true ideology.

Change Our Story: Escape Velocity

Peter Buffett | Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Peter Buffett

Every day we live our lives in the gravitational pull of our belief systems. And every one of them starts from the inside out -- trailing back generations often without our knowledge.

Change Our Story: How Much Is Enough?

Peter Buffett | Posted 08.12.2013 | Business
Peter Buffett

I keep coming back to the question, "how much is enough?" Now you may think that's a pretty ironic question coming from the son of one of the richest people in the world. But actually, it might just make me an expert on the subject.

Change Our Story: Poison the River, Part 3

Peter Buffett | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Peter Buffett

You want progress? I'll give you progress --- human beings in respectful relation to themselves and the world they inhabit -- living as a part of an ecosystem. Forget tolerance. Respect.