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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.

Charities are shock absorbers for blows to the economy. Government bailouts are not

The charitable sector recently requested a $60 billion bailout from the federal government. But is that money going where it’s needed most?


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How much will charitable giving decline? A new survey provides us with a starting point

The sudden economic downturn has everyone wondering how the nonprofit sector will be affected. Historical trends can help us predict how your charitable revenue may be affected.

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Foundations respond to current need

I spoke to foundation leaders about how they are responding to the coronavirus situation and how that affects grantees. Here’s what they told me.


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Swabless in Seattle

One thing we can learn from the coronavirus crisis is the importance of local initiative to manage even major problems. Centralization leads to “fragility” which does not respond well to disruption, whereas smaller, decentralized initiatives tend to be “antifragile”—more nimble in the case of volatility.

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Top 5 changes for nonprofits from the COVID legislation

In light of the economic impact of the coronavirus, the U.S. Senate just passed a $2 trillion relief act. Here are the five items that affect nonprofits.


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Mailing during COVID: refining tactics to improve results

Many organizations are asking whether they should keep mailing during the coronavirus pandemic. You can’t stop mailing—but you do want to make certain tactical shifts in light of the current fundraising environment.

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Market turmoil underlines the importance of small donors & diversified support

The current economic downturn leaves many organizations exposed to market volatility. How should you prepare—or have prepared—for a bear market?


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Giving during COVID: thoughts for donors

Everyone is wondering how donors will respond to the economic downturn. Here are some recommendations for donors—we need you to help keep nonprofits and civil society strong.

How are artists weathering COVID-19?

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of us. Here are some encouraging stories about groups making the arts available to those of us at home and supporting artists in need.




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