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.
In “Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy” authors Paul Brest and Hal Harvey offer a vision of strategic philanthropy that is more concerned with social change than selfless love.
For many organizations that already struggle just to match last year’s fundraising revenue, the capital campaign is simply a pipedream.
When professionalization takes hold of foundations, the historical record—as Wooster makes clear—shows how quickly they become generic.
The recent controversy reminds us of the dangers of globalism at the expense of local community.
What’s the point, Bezos may be asking himself, of giving strategically to change things at a “systems-level,” when I’ve already changed the world at a systems level — and will continue to do so through my businesses?
We are schizophrenic about Zuckerberg. To our zeitgeist, the tech entrepreneur represents salvation. To our humanity, an unsatisfying answer.