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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.

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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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