Charity, rich and poor: an interview with Benjamin Priday

Benjamin Priday, a doctoral candidate in economics at Texas A&M, researches charitable giving an economics. We reached out to learn more about his work.

Should your major donors receive direct mail?

Three simple ways to make direct mail suitable for high net worth individuals.

Philanthropy and the common good at Notre Dame

A course at the University of Notre Dame—made possible by the Philanthropy Lab—gives undergraduates the opportunity to make up to $85,000 in grants to nonprofits. Here’s how the process went.

COVID-19, lean philanthropy
How “lean philanthropy” responds to COVID-19

Exponent Philanthropy surveyed its network of “lean funders” to see how they are responding to COVID-19. Much of it is good, another example of donors shifting in ways that will be valuable beyond the pandemic.


Poor Americans tend to love America—what does that mean for fighting poverty?

How we understand a problem affects how we try to remedy it. Is our understanding of the working poor accurate?

Recovering from disasters: Social networks matter more than bottled water and batteries

Disaster preparations focus on gear and logistics, but research in Japan after the 2011 tsunami shows that strong social ties played a key role in helping communities rebound.

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Philosophy and fundraising: principles of human action inform our fundraising

Aristotle codified it but many have said: all human actions are done for the sake of some end. A valuable principle in life, this can help our fundraising, too.

Donor-advised funds and foundations play a critical role during—and after—crises

While many suggest that donor-advised funds should be mandated to pay down and increase their giving to COVID-19 relief, DAFs are already increasing payouts to those in need—without federal mandates.

Seeking a foundation grant? 5 key things to look for in its Form 990

It’s no beach reading, but knowing how to read a foundation’s 990 is essential when seeking their support. Consider this article the Cliff Notes of a 990 Form.

Local charity is the best charity in the time of COVID

If you feel compelled to help others during the COVID pandemic, leverage your local knowledge.

Reading the tea leaves—how long is high unemployment here to stay?

The coronavirus pandemic has shot unemployment to record highs. The road to recovery may be difficult, and we’ll need civil society to guide us along this road.

COVID and candid: human conversations while fundraising through pandemic

The pandemic gives us an opportunity to engage with donors on a more personal level. Here are four questions to engage your donors more candidly.

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Recognizing symptoms of groupthink in philanthropy

Wondering whether there may be symptoms of groupthink, of heavy-handed treatment of dissent, in philanthropy.

The benefits of building “buy-in” and backing from the board

Center for Effective Philanthropy report on policy-oriented foundations underscores importance of tightening thinking behind strategies and improving formulation and development of tactics—together, and for longer than usually first expected.

Religious organizations in The Nonprofit Sector

Research on effectiveness of faith-based groups’ social services overviewed in contribution to volume’s third edition.