The virtue of gratitude: essential for fundraisers

As a fundraiser, gratitude — both well-expressed and sincere — is one of the most important tools you have. It’s good for you and your donor.

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Revisiting the pro-grantee revolution

The Center for Effective Philanthropy finds that grant reports don’t help. Is it time to put grantees first in order to put the mission first?

Few foundations give groups they support decision-making power on funding priorities

Many grantmaking foundations are invested in strengthening American communities, but few are actually involved in those communities they support and receive little advice from those they support.

The “great wealth transfer” is coming. It’s time to update tax policy

How do we ensure that “donated” funds will be put to charitable use? We need to make changes to encourage the movement of charitable dollars from foundations and DAFs to charities.

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Disappointed higher ed donors have options

It can be hard for donors to support higher education in keeping with their values. But there are options at universities all across the country.

Post-pandemic: from “pandemic” to “endemic” giving

Post-pandemic K-12 philanthropy should focus on families and communities.

What Malcolm Gladwell gets wrong (and right) about university endowments

Malcolm Gladwell’s critique of university endowments is not misguided, but it fails to ask some key questions.

Donor relationships are about money—and we shouldn’t hide that fact

What type of friendship is a donor relationship? Is it really “not about the money”?

How much control do university donors have over their gift?

When Nikole Hannah-Jones was under review for tenure at UNC, a mega-donor who named the journalism school confidentially—and controversially—expresed his opposition to her tenure.

Troubleshooting Midlevel Donor Programs

Are you overlooking your mid-level donors in your acknowledgment procedures? Maybe you’re overlooking major donors, too.