By Richard Marker Leadership development programs abound. It is a rare week when we don’t read of another one sponsored by an impressive organization and funded by one or more foundations and philanthropists. Why not? If we want to make change, isn’t it best to invest in leaders, either current or potential? Is there a more efficient way than to buy into the “multiplier effect”? If we want innovation, isn’t the mantra to invest in … [Read more...] about Leadership Development Programs; Are Funders too Elitist in our Approach?
By Richard Marker Early in the aughts - remember those days? - I coined the expression: “to those of you under 40, we are guests in your century.” Given how this century has gone recently, I am not sure it is much of a compliment, but it continues to be true. The ways we communicate and the ways we don’t communicate; the ways in which we express our identity, the ways in which we create and dissolve virtual communities; the ways in which we … [Read more...] about Why “Next-Gen” Misses the Point
Our philanthropy world is being challenged no less than American society as a whole. By Richard Marker [This post is NOT a political statement. Regular readers should be pretty clear where I stand on unfolding events so I feel it is important to begin with that clarification about the content of this essay.] As an advisor and educator about philanthropy, many have been asking me “what now for philanthropy?” I am aware that many of us … [Read more...] about What is Philanthropy’s Role Now?
By Richard Marker [Despite the opening paragraph, this post is not about politics; it is of relevance to philanthropy.] This week, at the annual national Prayer Breakfast, the current president issued a strong statement advocating the repeal of a limitation on political lobbying from the pulpit. That particular issue is not one I feel super strongly about, but it does, en passant, elicit thoughts about a philanthropy matter about which I … [Read more...] about Transparency and Tax Exemption for Religious Institutions in the USA
By Richard Marker Whew! The end of the year solicitation onslaught is over. It is safe to look at your email again - and even to open some of your snail mail. If an end of the year contribution was on your agenda, you have made sure it was paypal-ed or stamped by Saturday evening. Time to return to more contemplative and plan-ful philanthropy. I am not an expert in fundraising at all but I have to assume that all of those solicitations work … [Read more...] about New Year’s Eve Procrastinators and New Year’s Strategists