Certificates of need limit options and inflate prices

Occupational licensing and certificates of need limit the market’s ability to serve public need—especially during a pandemic.

How to start a successful major donor club in 7 simple steps

Nonprofits that have a donor club and consider it an important part of their fundraising efforts have an average per-donor contribution level 49.6% higher than those that don’t.

Readings for troubled times: part seven

In the midst of struggles and crises all across our nation, our friends and colleagues share what they think we should be reading to understand this moment and to fortify ourselves against the influence of ideologues and the movements that would undermine a strong civil society. The seventh in a series.

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A conversation with Jeremy Beer on his new e-book, Fundraising When Times Are Bad: A Guide for Nonprofit Leaders

This economic downturn caught us all off guard. Nicole Rizkallah sat down with Jeremy Beer to discuss his new e-book, Fundraising When Times Are Bad, and his thoughts about fundraising through a pandemic and an economic downturn.

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Just Justice?

Rob Reich’s book “Just Giving” is thoughtful and serious. But philanthropy has more varied aims than justice, and the pluralism he celebrates can only be fully honored when we allow philanthropists to pursue their own highest ideals.

Americans are sick of foundations and other elite institutions that ‘know best’

American philanthropy is thoroughly, fundamentally elitist. In the Trump era, it will be tempted to pursue political activity that will only make that fact painfully apparent to the American people…

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A tale of two nonprofits

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … and it was a strategic development plan that made all the difference.

Readings for troubled times: part six

In the midst of struggles and crises all across our nation, our friends and colleagues share what they think we should be reading to understand this moment and to fortify ourselves against the influence of ideologues and the movements that would undermine a strong civil society. The sixth in a series.

In the Trenches: a glimpse at a master class on major gifts

“People give to people” was a key theme in American Philanthropic’s master class on major-gifts fundraising.

Promoting prudence: a review of Jeremy Beer's Fundraising When Times Are Bad

A review of Jeremy Beer’s new e-book, Fundraising When Times Are Bad: A Guide for Nonprofit Leaders. While commending practical wisdom Beer’s new e-book provides guidance to nonprofit leaders navigating “bad times.”

David Brooks's weak attempt at promoting civil society

In “The Second Mountain,” David Brooks imagines a healthier and happier society—but he fails to acknowledge or understand the robust conversation about strengthening civil society already taking place.

Readings for troubled times: part five

In the midst of struggles and crises all across our nation, our friends and colleagues share what they think we should be reading to understand this moment and to fortify ourselves against the influence of ideologues and the movements that would undermine a strong civil society. The fifth in a series.


Giving Review Blog

It’s time for a full accounting on eugenics

Including for those progressive foundations that supported and promoted it.

Benevolence, philanthropy, and identity in Civic Gifts

Elisabeth S. Clemens impressively details questions about proper roles of, and relationship between, public and private sectors in meeting social challenges through American history.

Where are they now?

A telling historical snapshot of five foundations.

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