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Philanthropy and the common good at Notre Dame

A course at the University of Notre Dame—made possible by the Philanthropy Lab—gives undergraduates the opportunity to make up to $85,000 in grants to nonprofits. Here’s how the process went.

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Donor-advised funds and foundations play a critical role during—and after—crises

While many suggest that donor-advised funds should be mandated to pay down and increase their giving to COVID-19 relief, DAFs are already increasing payouts to those in need—without federal mandates.


Local charity is the best charity in the time of COVID

If you feel compelled to help others during the COVID pandemic, leverage your local knowledge.

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Reading the tea leaves—how long is high unemployment here to stay?

The coronavirus pandemic has shot unemployment to record highs. The road to recovery may be difficult, and we’ll need civil society to guide us along this road.


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COVID and candid: human conversations while fundraising through pandemic

The pandemic gives us an opportunity to engage with donors on a more personal level. Here are four questions to engage your donors more candidly.

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The pro-grantee revolution: day two

So much grantmaking is hindered by unnecessary bureaucracy. Here are four ways for foundations to cut out the fat and make their grantmaking efficient—and grantee-friendly.


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Foundations should embrace the pro-grantee revolution

The pandemic has encouraged foundations to adopt new “grantee-friendly” processes. These should stick around after the pandemic. The first in a two-part series.

Philanthropy during COVID should focus on effective, local giving

Foundations and philanthropists should be focused on the most effective, local forms of giving in order to provide relief during this national health and economic crisis.


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Mission, money, and our moment

Churches are facing both the current health and economic crisis, as well as a preceding “crisis of relevance.” Executing their mission will depend upon good strategy and good fundraising.

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What actor John Krasinski can teach nonprofits about donor messaging

Nonprofits have a role in strengthening civil society. Today, they can focus on telling their story in hopeful, positive ways to spread “some good news.”




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