Brian L. Brown on “saving nonprofits”: American philanthropy grew as civic life shrank, but the 21st century offers new challenges to the old model.
“The development of modern American philanthropy has largely been the story of the American charitable organization trying to develop effective ways to compensate for the lack of civic relationships, as everything got just plain too big for them to be a common reality.… MORE >>
Square, payment processing device for smartphones, introduces new “red” version, which directs 7% of $10 purchase price to (RED), AIDS nonprofit.
“Financial services startup Square is trying to turn the swipe of a credit card into an act of generosity.… MORE >>
“The new colonialists”: In spite of good intentions, are first-world megadonors to Africa unwittingly perpetuating colonialism?
“‘You have to abandon everything because you are in need—you are now colonized by the donor.’ This is an excerpt from comments made by Fortune Charumbira, the Chief Council President in Zimbabwe.… MORE >>
Nonprofit Quarterly asks, “Are Facebook news feed changes impacting nonprofits?” Analysis of recent data found a 44% average decline in exposure.
“Brands that have established large followings on Facebook are struggling the most with these changes.… MORE >>
The Los Angeles Sholl’s: Clifton’s, a restaurant where philanthropy and Christian faith earned them nickname “Cafeteria of the Golden Rule”.
“On a decrepit block of Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, hidden behind a dilapidated, aging façade, lies the ghost of a palatial dining hall filled with towering redwoods and a gurgling stream.… MORE >>
A stepping-stone for younger generation: “Is volunteering the new giving?” the Guardian… MORE >> asks United Way VP Mei Cobb.
“Today’s philanthropists increasingly want to see themselves as more engaged in a charity’s efforts to bring about positive social change.
Technical enhancements, done in real time, for something often a “low priority”: Three reasons why Levy Foundation’s digitization gift to NY Philharmonic is important.
“Philanthropic organizations frequently award grants with the sole intention of boosting digitization efforts at recipient nonprofits.… MORE >>
When corporate art meets corporate philanthropy: In CO, some companies are focusing on not just their lobbies, but on localism and appreciation value.
“It’s a fine line.… MORE >>
As “venerable nonprofits” like Red Cross face new frontier of crowdfunding, some ask: Is direct giving most effective, or does slow and steady win the race?… MORE >>
“Forged on the frontier”: John Lauck’s Lost Region… MORE >> argues Midwestern history holds key to America, past and future, and it’s time to get reacquainted.
“But Midwesterners, as Jon K.