by Shawn Landres, Joshua Avedon and Lee Meyerhoff Hendler; originally published on huffingtonpost.com: Forget global warming. The ice age is coming. After a decade of philanthropic investment that has produced a flowering of innovation and social entrepreneurship not seen since the late 19th century, all signs point to a flash freeze. Over the past several months, a number of philanthropies have suspended new grant applications and … [Read more...] about Philanthropy’s New Ice Age: Will Social Innovation Survive the Freeze?
With Thanksgiving behind us we are now officially in the “end of year” giving season, that time of the year when Americans reach deeply into their pockets to help those who are less fortunate. It is a time of reflection, altruism and also that time of year when donors realize that the December 31st deadline to qualify for a tax deduction in the current year is only weeks away. December has always been a hectic philanthropic month, especially … [Read more...] about The Giving Season
Nearly 60% of wealthy households who stopped giving to a charitable organization attributed their change in philanthropic behavior to "no longer feeling connected to the organization," according to initial findings released from a new survey initiated by Bank of America. Key insights gleaned from the new study - the full version of which will be released in the first quarter of 2009 - indicate that wealthy donors are giving more strategically … [Read more...] about Are Your Donors Emotionally Connected to Your Cause?
What does an Auschwitz survivor have in common with the widow of cartoonist Charles Schultz, the daughter of entertainer Lawrence Welk, and the winners of a $141 million lottery? Theirs are just a few of the compelling stories that are featured in a new book called The Grandparent Legacy Project – an initiative boldly proclaiming that a philanthropic legacy is about much more than money. The over-riding theme is legacies comprised of stories, … [Read more...] about New Book Examines Philanthropic Legacies
from the Nonprofit Technology Network: How Will Your Nonprofit Raise Money in 2012? With the global financial crisis at its peak and a recession looming, many nonprofit managers are probably asking themselves, "How will my nonprofit raise money next year?" I suspect fewer fundraisers are asking themselves, "How will my nonprofit raise the money it needs four years from now?"... Raising money in 2012 will require creativity and foresight. … [Read more...] about Prepare Now and Think Creatively