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A Story About 'Rich' People

Paul Shoemaker | Posted 11.14.2012 | Impact
Paul Shoemaker

"That blew my mind. I had no idea that rich people actually cared about poor people, about their community. I had no idea that something like SVP exis...

Matt Sledge

ReWork Hopes To Connect Socially-Minded Workers With Socially-Minded Ventures | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.11.2012 | Impact

If you hate your corporate drone job but don't know where exactly you want your career to go, a new social venture startup might have a solution for y...

'Non-profits Move So Slowly; It Takes Forever to Make Decisions'

Paul Shoemaker | Posted 07.15.2012 | Business
Paul Shoemaker

Yes, there are some non-profits that are inefficient, just like some for-profits. But more often than not, the pace and decision-making style of a non...

Lesson No. 5: "I Think Philanthropists That Are Public and Visible Are Just Showing Off With Their Money"

Paul Shoemaker | Posted 06.10.2012 | Impact
Paul Shoemaker

More often than not, someone being more public or visible about their philanthropy is done for a reason, i.e., to show leadership and commitment to a particular cause.

Lesson #4: The Non-Profit Needs to Be Run More Like a Business

Paul Shoemaker | Posted 05.01.2012 | Impact
Paul Shoemaker

When it comes to efficiency, operational processes, and measurement, non-profit organizations can learn important lessons from private sector business.

Lesson #3 -- "I Need to Be Careful to Not Let the Nonprofit Get Too Dependent on My Contributions"

Paul Shoemaker | Posted 04.07.2012 | Impact
Paul Shoemaker

How does discontinuing funding to a non-profit make them more "independent" or "less dependent"?

Philanthropy at its Somewhat Myopic: Mistaking Means and Ends

Paul Brest | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul Brest

The most significant of NCRP's grantmaking requirements is that 50 percent of a foundation's grants be for general operating support (GOS) -- unrestricted support for an organization.