3 things to ask on your next foundation call

A program officer from a foundation has reached out and she wants to talk about submitting a proposal. Here are 3 questions you should be prepared to ask in that call or meeting.

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Can philanthropy save our national parks?

Our national parks are one of our nation’s greatest treasures, but they need caring for. Private philanthropy can help.

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Philanthropy's role in helping Black Americans

Even as life for Blacks in America has improved since Dr. King’s day, racial disparities remain. Philanthropy can help to remedy those disparities.

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Martin Luther King's legacy for liberal education

When remembering Martin Luther King, we should remember his identity as a scholar and professor—and the role that liberal education played in his life.

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4 ways foundations make bad decisions

If you work for a foundation, you probably don’t get much negative feedback. As a neutral party, I’m here to tell you what your grantees won’t.

Creeping credentialism and the bureaucratization of charity

Expertly deflating the pretensions of those who would make fundraising a bureaucratic and esoteric profession, this book takes on the creeping trend of professionalization in philanthropy.

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Ignore Charity Navigator

Have we stopped to think about what it actually means to be a “Four Star Charity?” Or whether the criteria by which these charities are judged are actually . . . good?

Philanthropy’s corruption of politics, and vice versa

“Using tax privileges, matching grants, special restrictions, and unique legal devices, the modern state gives the practice of philanthropy its particular strength and texture,” according to Theodore M. Lechterman. “Which if any of these regulatory strategies can be justified requires careful analysis and evaluation.”

Troubleshooting midlevel donor programs

Are you overlooking your mid-level donors in your acknowledgment procedures? Maybe you’re overlooking major donors, too.

9 tips to get more views: a nonprofit's guide to YouTube

Facebook and Instagram are thriving for you—time to tackle the next beast. Here’s part three on how to get seen on YouTube.

10 top tips to boost your presence on Instagram

So you’ve mastered Facebook and now turning to other social media platforms for your nonprofit. Here’s part two about increasing engagement on Instagram.

6 tips to increase engagement on Facebook

You’re probably working on improving your organization’s presence on social media and better engaging your donors. Here’s the first in a three-part series about how to boost your social media engagement.


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Americans’ trust in non-governmental organizations declines

2022 Edelman Trust Barometer finds trust in business remains higher than that in NGOs.

Philanthropy’s corruption of politics, and vice versa

“Using tax privileges, matching grants, special restrictions, and unique legal devices, the modern state gives the practice of philanthropy its particular strength and texture,” according to Theodore M. Lechterman. “Which if any of these regulatory strategies can be justified requires careful analysis and evaluation.”

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