The Giving USA report confirms what everyone thought it would - giving is down, about 1.7%. That is indeed real money and affirms what the nonprofit advocates and philanthropy sector warned would happen with the tax changes that went into effect last year. There are … [Read more...] about Why the Decrease in Charitable Giving need NOT be a [Major] Concern – But…
By Richard Marker
I guess it was inevitable. We were attending a wonderful and illuminating dinner learning about a cutting edge and courageous program in one of the world’s most famous trouble spots. It was a low-keyed fundraiser, but more so, an opportunity for opinion m … [Read more...] about How Much Is That Overhead Again?
A Thought Before “Giving Tuesday”
[Reprinted with permission from Sh’ma Now, a curated monthly conversation on Jewish Sensibilities. These articles, examining the differences between philanthropy and tzedakah, originally appeared in October 2001.]
By Richard A. Marker
It was during my interview with E … [Read more...] about Hubris or Humility:
Four Lessons in Philanthropy
Working in the nonprofit sector is not a decision to take a vow of poverty. None choose to work in this sector to get rich, but nor should they be committed to be poor.
By Richard Marker
This post is not a political post about the current president of the United States. … [Read more...] about Do [Philanthropic] Ends Justify [Philanthropic] Means?
Two Examples of Philanthro-ethics and Equity
By Richard Marker Equity is the philanthropy word of the year. And last. And next. And well it should be. After all, what are we about if we don’t have societal outcomes that redress systemic injustice, inequality, racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, age-ism, misogyny, n … [Read more...] about Pedestrian Friendly vs. Pedestrian Normal – A Metaphor for Equity Metrics