E-Philanthropy

Nonprofit Organizations Band Together to Create The Audacious Project
April 6, 2018 at 11:58 am

In a joint endeavor, nonprofit organizations, which include TED, Skoll Foundation, Virgin Unite, The Bridgespan Group, Dalio Foundation, The Elma Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, banded together to create The Audacious Project: Collaborative Philanthropy for Bold Ideas...

Does Religion Influence Philanthropy?
March 30, 2018 at 10:54 am

I was in church last Sunday and thought about the act and importance of giving. I feel good when I give and help others. I was curious as to the impact of religion on philanthropy...

Is Your Philanthropic Support Going to the Dogs?
March 23, 2018 at 2:06 pm

I was recently with a donor who is also an important volunteer to our organization. This donor is an excellent representative for our organization. My boss and I asked him to consider giving his philanthropic support to our upcoming campaign. He mentioned that our organization was at the top of his list of charities to support, but also noted when he passes away he was going to leave funds to the Humane Society for unwanted senior dog care...

Philanthropy as Economic Development? Foundations Increasingly Step Up to Kickstart Risky Community Initiatives
March 19, 2018 at 11:02 am

The philanthropic efforts of nonprofits and foundations throughout Michigan are increasingly addressing bigger issues such as affordable housing, community revitalization and employment.  While these initiatives traditionally fall under the economic development umbrella, the philanthropic sector has always been engaged in them on a smaller scale, according to industry sources. “As the number of nonprofits in…

Bill, Melinda Gates Rethink US Philanthropy
February 14, 2018 at 12:58 pm

Bill and Melinda Gates, as the world’s top philanthropists, are rethinking their work in America as they confront what they consider their unsatisfactory track record on schools, the country’s growing inequity and a president they disagree with more than any other. In an interview with the Associated Press, the couple said they’re concerned about President…

Warren Buffett Wins $1M Bet Against Hedge Funds, Gives It to Girls' Charity
January 3, 2018 at 11:47 am

Score one for Warren Buffett and zero for hedge funds. And millions for Girls Inc. of Omaha. In 2007, the famed billionaire investor made a $1 million bet that an S&P 500 stock index fund would outperform a basket of hedge funds over the course of a decade. The index fund returned 7.1 percent compounded…

How Disaster Charity Can Pivot to Sustainable Philanthropy
January 2, 2018 at 11:36 am

This has been a heavy year of natural disasters: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria; wildfires in California; the Mexico City earthquake; and a monsoon in Bangladesh. In the aftermath of any natural disaster, money rushes in to help those in need. The media attention prompts people to write checks, but also to donate clothes, food…

How Melinda Gates Went From ‘Behind the Scenes’ to Fronting the Gates Foundation
December 7, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Melinda Gates is seen as one of the most influential women in the world, both inside and out of the philanthropic space. Yet, when she launched the Gates Foundation back in 2000 with husband and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Melinda intended on having a more "behind the scenes" role. "I had purposely tried to be…

Managing a Sensitive Situation: Traditional Philanthropy in the Face of a Natural Disaster
November 14, 2017 at 11:32 am

As nonprofit leaders and fundraising professionals, surviving through a natural disaster is something we do not always consider as part of our philanthropic strategy.  However, it can become a critical consideration if you lead a nonprofit organization that exists outside the affected areas, or if your organization’s mission is not obviously tied to disaster relief...

Sheer Joy Increases Giving
November 13, 2017 at 11:16 am

Paul and Rebecca (not their real names) started giving to this social service organization in the early 90s. They were a conservative couple from an average neighborhood, but they wanted to do good in their community, so their first gift was $50 to a direct mail acquisition campaign...