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Using gift acknowledgments to create opportunities to give again

It might seem tacky at first, but acknowledging a recent donation from one of your donors is a great opportunity to ask for another gift.

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Three advantages of time-limiting your philanthropy

New foundations can be set up in perpetuity or with a time limit to “sunset” within a set period of time. Here are three reasons to sunset before too long.

Philanthropy in The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order

Historian Gary Gerstle’s new book on America in what he considers the bygone free-market era includes a role for philanthropy in its narrative—well, at least in its purportedly “Powell-ian” rise, anyway.

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“The physical world still matters”

It’s the “digital age” but direct mail still works. We might even see a “golden age” of direct mail.

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Capital campaigns are back! Make sure your next campaign is a huge success.  

With things returning to some sense of “normal,” capital campaigns are coming back—fast. Be sure that you’re prepared for a capital campaign before you start down that road. Here are some tips to help you plan for a successful campaign.

Capital campaigns are back! Make sure your next campaign is a huge success.  

With things returning to some sense of “normal,” capital campaigns are coming back—fast. Be sure that you’re prepared for a capital campaign before you start down that road. Here are some tips to help you plan for a successful campaign.

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World's richest man curious about who is bankrolling oblique leftist nonprofits

A Washington Free Beacon article investigates secretive, leftist nonprofits opposing Elon Musk’s Twitter bid. Who are these people?

GDT Podcast / Episode 30

Jeremy talks to historian and journalist Christine Rosen about how American religious leaders, in partnership with philanthropy, helped grow the American eugenics movement in the first part of the 20th century.

Three strategies for writing a killer direct mail letter

Direct mail readers skim your letters—you’ve got seconds to convey your message. That means repetition, pith, and repetition are paramount.

The architecture of Big Philanthropy

Looking at some of the edifices, atriums, and façades.

Why donor privacy is important

As Americans, regardless of our own political beliefs, we should demand that our government and courts interpret our First Amendment rights broadly. The Bonta case is a great example of this tradition.

Charitable giving: how to support those in need during a crisis

The United States is the most charitable nation in the world. The current outpouring of relief for Ukraine and its people is the latest manifestation of our common desire to give to others when they are in need.


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Trust in nonprofits down since 2020, according to Independent Sector survey

High trust in nonprofits and philanthropy correlates with high socioeconomic status. Democrats trust philanthropy appreciably more than the general population.

Philanthropy in The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order

Historian Gary Gerstle’s new book on America in what he considers the bygone free-market era includes a role for philanthropy in its narrative—well, at least in its purportedly “Powell-ian” rise, anyway.

“It all needs to stop”

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s promise that any efforts to “clean up” the politicization of nonprofits will be pursued regardless of various practical effects on those engaging in it may present an opportunity.

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