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Yale’s new planned giving policies signal trouble ahead for legacy givers

Universities should use gift agreements to preserve donor intent—and to best serve the interests of the university.

Toward a recovery of philanthropy

Impersonal donor communication is harming nonprofit success and growth. On the latest Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Jeremy Beer and Gabe Cooper discuss how nonprofits can be more “responsive” to donor interests—and make their work more interesting in the meantime.


OSU donor exposes hidden endowment fees

Ohio State University is undergoing criticism from Jeffrey Moritz for drawing endowment fees out of his father’s $30 million endowment gift and failing to fulfill the gift’s intentions.

Dissonance and messiness are crucial for philanthropy

In Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Alicia Manning explains that philanthropists needs a “high tolerance for dissonance.” Human life is messy, not uniform, and humane philanthropy embraces that.


The joy of grateful patient fundraising

Grateful patient fundraising helps hospitals as well as future patients—and it gives past patients a chance to “pay it forward” and give back to the hospital that helped them.

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.


Three nonprofits are helping seniors during quarantine

While the elderly are at-risk and isolated during the pandemic, three new groups have started to help the elderly and keep them company.

Netflix CEO Gives Largest Gift Ever to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Reed Hastings has pledged $120 millions to support HBCUs. This is the right way to support higher education right now.


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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