philanthropy

Are millennials rewriting philanthropy or the general public?

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors It’s now a ubiquitous headline: Millennials are the largest generation. In 2016, they surpassed boomers at 79.8 million.  By 2020, those born from roughly 1980 to 2000 are projected to make up half of the workforce. For better or worse, millennials may be the most labeled, the most stereotyped […]

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The need for more basic philanthropy research

By Amir Pasic, Eugene R. Tempel Dean, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Judging by the proliferation of research-inspired ventures, it may seem we’re in a golden age of philanthropic knowledge creation. But we are not focusing enough of our efforts on basic research. Given the urgency of finding better ways to solve pressing […]

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Presidential campaigns and philanthropy

By Bill Stanczykiewicz, director of The Fund Raising School, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy As Election Day approaches, nonprofit leaders might be worrying that the big money donated to the presidential campaigns will lead to smaller results in their nonprofits’ next fundraising campaigns. That’s understandable since, according to American National Election Studies, 40 […]

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India’s new CSR law sparks debate among NGOs and businesses

By Oliver Balch, freelance writer, The Guardian |  India is the first country in the world to enshrine corporate giving into law. Following a change in company law in April 2014, businesses with annual revenues of more than 10bn rupees (£105m) must give away 2 percent of their net profit to charity. Areas they can […]

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Six trends that will set the pace for 2016’s philanthropy

By Bruce DeBoskey, The DeBoskey Group, for The Denver Post | With record levels of giving, new approaches to marshaling philanthropic assets for impact, and better approaches to philanthropic strategy, 2015 was a great year for philanthropy. This trend will continue in 2016. Increasingly, leaders in businesses, foundations and families understand that philanthropy is more […]

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Cooper Union inquiry puts nonprofits on notice

By James B. Stewart, New York Times | In what should be a ringing alarm for nonprofit boards across the country long accustomed to minimal scrutiny or accountability, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York has signaled that the laissez-faire approach to nonprofit governance is over. Mr. Schneiderman’s office has sent letters to the […]

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From projects to people

By Ken Banks, Ashoka fellow, Stanford Social Innovation Review | Bill Siemering was about to jump in his cab to make an airport pickup when his home phone rang. It was the vice president of the MacArthur Foundation. “I was shocked,” said Bill, “when he told me I was being awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.” That […]

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Eight common innovation traps

By Gabriel Kasper & Justin Marcoux, Stanford Social Innovation Review | Innovation, it seems, is easier said than done. Despite growing interest in applying innovation methodologies to social sector challenges over the past decade, more often than not, philanthropic efforts to support innovation fall short. That’s because the processes, strategies, and structures that funders need […]

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