Money in politics corruption is universally reviled by the American public. It blocks progress on most issues, squanders billions of dollars from philanthropists and stymies the most skillful public interest advocates. It even drives issues like the sizzling IRS scandal, though you wouldn't know it by watching the news. But it would be foolish to believe that a culture of corruption that developed over decades can be undone overnight. It will take time, exactly the same kind of slow and painful social change that created the corruption in the first place. We have to create the conditions where politicians representing their constituents is "normal." And even if we do, all politicians will not suddenly become enlightened. It just means we'll have a better chance that the actual needs of society will more frequently be met by the actions of its government.
Women will inherit 70 percent of the $41 trillion in the inter-generational wealth transfer expected over the next 40 years. That enormous potential philanthropic capital will propel women to the forefront of transformational giving. That gives me hope.
I think it's vital -- that having a work world where there is choice between nonprofit and corporate, both offering ways to connect with and care for the community at large is a position of strength.
Irina Pavlova may be President of Onexim Sports & Entertainment, the principal owner of the Brooklyn Nets, but she's just as committed to her role in PeacePlayers International. PeacePlayers brings communities in conflict together to play basketball as a way to build a more peaceful world.
Under Secretary of State, Robert Hormats' speech at the Second Global Diaspora Forum showed the difference diaspora communities are making in the United States. He quoted the statistic that from 1990 to 2004 over half of Nobel Prize Laureates in the United States were immigrants.
I went to NYC a few months back for a Vanity Fair photo shoot with DonorsChoose.org staff, board members, and advisers.
As the FXB-Village Model continues to grow and we develop ways to share its methodology with the public, we will continue to rely on others -- on organizations that put out the call to action, and on individuals that answer it -- to help us validate and advance our work.
We can't know for sure when or where the next crisis will hit -- only that it will. But despite these certainties, most cities are woefully unprepared to manage these shocks. Now is the time to help cities build resilience.
Regardless of how successful your philanthropic effort is, take heart in the fact that you had the desire to change the world, and we are all better for it.
Last fall, teen philanthropist Isaac J. Kassin was awarded our James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation's coveted Luce Leader 2012 Award for his work in phila...
One of the great philanthropists of our time passed away recently. During Kathryn's long, vital life, she gave millions to promote education, scientific research, and peace. She was my role model and friend, and I miss her already.
Amazing things happen when you bet on people -- including entire transformations. But with this ability comes great responsibility, in all of our work, to grapple with the big moral questions of our day.
After attending the recent gathering of power players in the philanthropic world, known as the Global Philanthropy Forum my head was spinning with facts and figures documenting the magnitude of the seemingly intractable problems the world faces today.
Sadly, corporate philanthropy is a controversial issue (of all the issues we have to debate). But the reality is, money makes the world go round, and as the theory goes, if corporations have "extra" lying around, it should be reinvested or paid out as dividends to shareholders.
Music fans can register and take actions related to ending extreme poverty that range from sharing content to signing petitions. These actions will earn them points which they can then use for a chance to win tickets to see their favorite artists, and attend their favorite festivals.
The National Meningitis Association gala (NMA) Give Kids a Shot, held recently at the New York Athletic Club, attracted people from all over the natio...