By Robert Evans I am something of a neat freak: I keep my work desk, car, closet, everything really, as tidy as I can. Perhaps it is just a personality trait; I have known plenty of colleagues and clients who have a tolerance for messiness that far exceeds mine. And when it comes to nonprofit operations, I am a proponent of good housekeeping and it is a major pet peeve of mine when nonprofits are unnecessarily neglectful. What do I mean by … [Read more...] about ‘Good Housekeeping’: The Nonprofit Version
One of the most important things we did throughout our lifespan was to hire motivated staff who could support our strategic investments. [Editor’s note: This is the final post in the "Making Change by Spending Down" series, produced in partnership by The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies (ACBP) and GrantCraft. The posts, which began in September 2013, have been disseminated on the GrantCraft blog and here on eJewish Philanthropy. … [Read more...] about The Power of Philanthropy
With commission-based fundraising: charitable mission can become secondary to self-gain; donor trust can be unalterably damaged; there is incentive for self-dealing to prevail over donors’ best interests. By Robert Evans The tone of the potential donor’s email was skeptical and a little accusatory. Why, the individual wrote, should he or she support the congregation’s multi-million dollar capital campaign when a certain percentage of the … [Read more...] about Why Jewish Organizations Should Take a Stronger Stand Against Commission-Based Fundraising
The AVI CHAI Foundation has released the latest report by Professor Joel Fleishman documenting the Foundation’s spend down. An excerpt: "With little more than five years remaining in its intended life, The AVI CHAI Foundation devoted much of its attention and energy in 2014 to improving the likelihood that its grantees and their most significant projects and programs will survive the Foundation’s sunset. Although some latitude remained for … [Read more...] about AVI CHAI Releases Latest Spenddown Report
For some reason, topics of interest to philanthropy folk seem to arise in bunches. How else to explain the surge of discussions about COI on social networks, at conferences, on boards on which I sit, and among clients? To remind readers: there is a difference between the legal category called “self-dealing” and “conflict of interest.” Since I am not an attorney, I won’t address matters of “self-dealing” which are quite clearly proscribed by … [Read more...] about Interest in Conflict of Interest: Why Now? Why it Matters? What are Best Practices?