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Philanthropy-Yoga

Steven Crandell | Posted 09.05.2014 | Impact
Steven Crandell

What is the optimal way to use your money? The answer to that will likely change over time, encouraging effective donors to keep posing - and answering -- questions. But you shouldn't worry. It's like a kind of philanthropy-yoga: regularly asking deep questions about giving helps donors stay flexible as well as strategic.

What All Nonprofits (and Donors) Should Know about Fundraising

Steven Crandell | Posted 08.15.2014 | Impact
Steven Crandell

Asking for a favor is one of the most important techniques of fundraising. That's according an expert who has helped raise an estimated $200 million for nonprofits as a volunteer in his home town of Santa Barbara, California.

A Philanthropist and a Nonprofit ED Walk Into a Bar...

Steven Crandell | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact
Steven Crandell

The philanthropist sighs and says she has money to give, but no nonprofit will agree to carry out her intent as she envisions it.

Through the Looking Glass: The Tactics and Importance of Transparency

Epaminondas Farmakis | Posted 08.09.2014 | Impact
Epaminondas Farmakis

Publicizing clear guidelines and selection processes translates to better grant requests, and sharing of internal data and reports with other funders results in a more efficient philanthropic practice. Foundations and donors need to make a choice: Will they continue to do their business behind closed doors or share their practices with the community?

Give More to Get More: What Fundraisers Know About Meaning and Work

meQuilibrium | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
meQuilibrium

Few of us are nonprofit fundraisers, but we can apply the lessons of the fundraiser to our toughest jobs.

Why it Is Difficult to Choose a Charity

Eric Friedman | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Eric Friedman

A few years ago, the following story was highlighted on St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's website as an inspiring testament to the hospital's wo...

What Makes Me Question Whether Our Voices Really Matter

Rebekah Bolser | Posted 06.04.2014 | Teen
Rebekah Bolser

I believe that young people need to be empowered to be leaders of today and create positive change in this world. I'm finding this harder and harder to do when youth votes are worth less and less to elected officials.

Reviving Philanthropy: An Advisor's View

Epaminondas Farmakis | Posted 05.27.2014 | Impact
Epaminondas Farmakis

Our future as a global society depends upon it.

How Not to Muddle the Middle

Gary Laermer | Posted 05.25.2014 | Impact
Gary Laermer

Unfortunately, the mid-sized donor base has reduced its nonprofit support in recent years. The good news is that there are ways to reverse this trend and prevent core donors from drifting.

Angels or Devils

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.24.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There is one reason that a subset of arts organizations are facing difficulties that can and must be avoided at all cost: the loss of one, incredibly important donor whose gifts were so large that the organization does not know how to move forward without them.

Nonprofit Data Users: 3 Challenges to Overcome

Adnan Mahmud | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact
Adnan Mahmud

Increasingly, nonprofits are also realizing the value of gathering good data about our donors, clients and programs, and using that information to maximize impact.

Getting the Most From Your Most Potent Board Members

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.10.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

As virtually every arts organization tries to improve their fundraising results, the pressure to get help from board members becomes a priority. And yet, try as they might, I find that many arts managers find it difficult, and often impossible, to get board members to assist, actively, in the fundraising effort.

Crowdfunding Gets Personal

Jeff Smith | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Jeff Smith

We have witnessed the evolution of empowering the individual around cause, from content to technology, and now to commerce. With the advent of social media, people have the power to become their own media source.

Consider the Giraffe, That Improbable Change Agent

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Valerie S. Lies

Can we make the necessary changes, set aside our differences (including the differences in status, influence and power), and still create connective spaces for honest exchanges to take place in order to achieve true change?

Tunisia's Donor Assistance Glossed Over Sectors Related to Economy

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Mehrunisa Qayyum

With Tunisia's new technocratic government taking office as caretaker, economic reform remains one of the legacy challenges since Ennahda won power in 2011.

Likely vs. Able

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The fact that people once came to a gala, made a modest contribution or attended a performance -- and happen to have a great deal of discretionary funds -- does not make them strong prospects for a capital campaign.

The Trouble with the Trib

James Moore | Posted 04.20.2014 | Media
James Moore

The Texas Tribune has been hailed as a new journalism model to save the craft from collapse after the success of the Internet. But can a news outlet take huge donations from lobbyists and corporations and not be influenced?

In Defense of Mission

Anne Wallestad | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Anne Wallestad

Oftentimes, when a charity experiences a scandal, the public outcry is "How dare they abuse donors' funds that way?" While this is understandable, I believe it's misplaced outrage.

Is Someone Accountable for Your Nonprofit's Fundraising Mistakes?

Phil Cooke, Ph.D. | Posted 03.08.2014 | Impact
Phil Cooke, Ph.D.

Accountability matters in fundraising. Don't let personal relationships, loyalty or long term employment cloud your vision when it comes to results. The stakes are too high. If things aren't working, you need to act, and act now.

Should International Aid to CSOs End After Graduation?

Fron Nahzi | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Fron Nahzi

The economic and political development of the country does not necessarily lead to the development of its philanthropic sector. But what can be done in a time when the need for Western support across the globe far exceeds the availability of funds?

Why Nonprofit Storytelling Won't Be Enough in 2014

Shayla R. Price | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Shayla R. Price

Yes, crowdfunding and social media have taught nonprofit staffs how to convey great stories to pull donors' heartstrings to open wallets and purses. However, the information age also yields more vigilant contributors who want to be reassured.

The Ideal Board

Michael Kaiser | Posted 02.15.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The ideal board is a zero-based approach to designing a board. It starts with the assumption that the board has no members and we describe the salient characteristics of the board members we want.

When Cultivation Events Are Not Cultivation Events

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I think there is a great deal of confusion about the meaning of 'cultivation event.' Every arts organization I know mounts several of these a year - ...

What's on Your Thanks Giving Menu?

Gary Laermer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Gary Laermer

Invitations, décor, seat arrangements, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, and of course, cranberry sauce - planning, organizing and creating a Thanksgiving feast for your friends and family can take months of preparation.

4 Things Wealthy Donors Really Care About

www.nytimes.com | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact

WE have entered giving season. This is the time of year when charities increase their outreach to donors who traditionally wait to the fourth quarter ...