succession planning
succession planning
What donors can learn from succession planning in business

It’s hard to protect donor intent at a foundation after the death of the original donor, making perpetual foundations nearly doomed to mission drift.

rage giver
Rage givers: what they are and what to do

A new phenomenon of “rage giving” has emerged in recent years. You’ll want to be ready in case your nonprofit is next.

501(c)(4) reform
Reforming §501(c)(4) organizations

Using one guiding principle, here are two proposed reforms to improve the permissions, restrictions, and tax advantages around 501(c)4s.

foundations and grants
Fundraising when times are bad: foundations and grants

Worried about shrinking foundation endowments? That’s going to happen during a recession, but that doesn’t mean you should pull back.

Spotlight

Bottom-up planning

Planning for your organization’s growth next year should begin now—and it should be bottom-up, rather than top-down.

Danger, death, and decision-making

You have little time to grab your reader’s attention. Don’t split hairs. Don’t beat around the bush. And don’t be afraid to pull on your donor’s heartstrings.

Latest Articles

GDT Podcast / Episode 39

Jeremy speaks with Ian Rowe about why we need to replace our obsession with equity with the empowering concept of agency.

Time to separate philanthropy and politics

Here are four serious proposals to separate “charitable” and “political” giving.

Investing in third places

Third places are necessary for our individual and civic health. If we want to rebuild our social fabric, that should guide our giving habits.

Fundraising when times are bad: events

When the economic outlook is questionable, you need to think carefully about the value of your fundraising events.

SCOTUS stays New York Court ruling restricting Yeshiva University's religious identity

The shocking June decision by a city judge, widely seen as a threat to the First Amendment, coalesced a multi-denominational pushback in support of both the nation’s oldest Jewish college and religious liberty

Court battle over Newman’s Own Foundation raises important questions for philanthropy

The spotlight on the Newman’s Own Foundation invites scrutiny of its overall business model, one based on virtue-signaling intended to influence consumer behavior.


Giving Review Blog

Reforming §501(c)(4) organizations

Using one guiding principle, here are two proposed reforms to improve the permissions, restrictions, and tax advantages around 501(c)4s.

Some narrowness in longtermism

The short of it: in his new book’s ambitious thinking about the “full scale of human history,” William MacAskill undervalues the past—by definition, but more than needed—and elides in practice what that thinking could perhaps offer those of a different ideological worldview.

Time to separate philanthropy and politics

Here are four serious proposals to separate “charitable” and “political” giving.

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