By Richard Marker If one reads some mailings from our field, from some of our grantees, and from all too many wealth advisors, one might think that philanthropy was and is a byproduct of the US tax system. It wasn’t and isn’t. It is not even an American invention, as any s … [Read more...] about Sightseeing to Zeitgeist: Philanthropy’s 21st Century Journey
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