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American generosity continues apace, even in 2020

Quarterly charitable sector performance reports tell an important story: Americans remain a generous people, even in trying times.

The intelligent donor’s guide to college giving

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni released the Intelligent Donor’s Guide to help donors give wisely to institutions of higher education.

Giving to individuals: how private foundations can do more with their philanthropy

Private foundation grants directly to individuals increased nearly 500% in 2020 from 2019. Foundation Source is facilitating this process to streamline grants to individuals.

Plainfield, New Jersey judge ruled in favor of donor intent

In 1925, a donor left two paintings to the city of Plainfield, New Jersey. A judge had to determine whether or not the city could sell the paintings, or if that violated the donor’s will.

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.