“Charity” and “philanthropy” are not equivalent ways of helping your neighbor. One—a Christian virtue—flows from love. The other—sterile and secular—is born out of duty.
For many organizations that already struggle just to match last year’s fundraising revenue, the capital campaign is simply a pipedream.
The Christian tradition in the West knows the difference between charity and philanthropy, and thinkers in the East would benefit from using this distinction, too.
The Christian notion of “just price” is not easily applied in today’s market, but it can go a long way toward fostering a fairer economy.
It is the role of charity to keep alive the memory that man is created in the image of God.
Civil society—an essential element of a flourishing democracy—has become impotent in the face of powerful forces that threaten a free society.
Usury has the unintended consequence of making money unproductive and directed towards the wealthy. Nonprofit organizations should oppose usury while promoting a vibrant marketplace.
A report from the Ford Foundation in the early 1990s betrays several of big philanthropy’s concerning and recent tendencies in its effort to “help” other cultures.
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.
Direct mail prospecting, sending letters to strangers who have a reasonable chance of being interested in your mission, remains the cheapest and most efficient way to acquire new donors.