Category: Opinion

Millennials prefer local and specific charity

John Doyle offers 8 points about the charitable mindset of millennials, with the interesting trend to more specific local giving. “It’s about your cause, not your organization.… MORE >>


Small, concentrated, and one by one: How churches might best effect economic development and flourishing, right where they are. “Economic development, for those who might not be familiar with the term, is ‘the sustained, concerted actions of policy makers and communities that promote the standard of living and economic health of a specific area.’ (Wikipedia) This idea that churches should be doing this kind of work resonated with me, as Englewood Christian Church, my church on the urban Near Eastside of Indianapolis, has been engaged in economic development for over a decade.… MORE >>

All hail the dawning new age of philanthropy

“Progress is being made” on “world’s most intractable problems”: Kofi Annan discussed “new age of philanthropy,” and he’s either a real optimist or a real suck up.… MORE >>

And still more future predictions

Are we headed for a world where fundraisers will be obsolete? British consultant Nick Mason made a bold prediction at recent Institute of Fundraising convention. “Fundraisers will be out of jobs in 25 years’ time as donors take control of their own charitable giving portfolios, according to Nick Mason, former head of fundraising strategy and development at the RNIB.” — Susannah Birkhead,… MORE >>


Why aren’t the poor in revolt? Rick Cohen wonders if “philanthropy work[s] against collective action” that might effect social change. “[A] more intriguing explanation of the quiescent poor is [NY Times op-ed contributor Thomas] Edsall’s observation that since [Hubert] Humphrey’s remark in the 1960s, there has been little public support for collective action and class-based solidarity….… MORE >>

Is venture philanthropy too risky?

Risk v. reward: Washington Post asks if it’s worth it when nonprofits (especially research-focused ones) “act like venture capitalists”. “The pioneering success of Beall and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in the practice of ‘venture philanthropy’ is prompting a growing number of nonprofit groups to explore whether they, too, might be able to benefit their patients, and bottom lines, by investing in similar ways….… MORE >>

The age of reinvention

Is “irrepressible” Sean Parker merely using philanthropy as rehabilitation? The “blowback” from his lavish $10m 2013 wedding still reverberates. “Two years later and obviously not enjoying the Facebook character assassination he helped make possible, a 35-year-old Parker told The San Francisco Chronicle he intends to give away most of his $2.8 billion fortune during his lifetime.… MORE >>

Data binge

Inside Philanthropy’s Tate Williams’ battle cry: “Free the 990s”– the IRS needs to standardize electronic filing and make information widely available, for free. “Quick disclosure: I hate 990s.… MORE >>

Businesses, do it yourself

If you’re tired of being harangued at the store checkout for donations, you’re not alone; columnist asks if CEOs are giving to the very causes they solicit customers for.… MORE >>

Is giving really up?

Not to be a Debbie Downer, but columnist looks at Giving USA’s 2014 stats, notes that giving may be up, but as percentage of GDP it’s been stagnant for 20 years.… MORE >>

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