Notable Examples of Philanthropy
December 7, 2018 at 11:58 am

The National Philanthropic Trust references the word philanthropy in a history of modern philanthropy. This word comes from the Greek word philanthropia, meaning the love of mankind...

A New Age in America: Donors and Diverse Philanthropy
June 13, 2018 at 1:28 pm

In the last edition of Fundraising Connection, I discussed the need for fundraisers to consider a more diverse donor base in order to fully realize the potential of their fundraising efforts. Most fundraisers view diverse communities as despaired or underserved and do not recognize the growing wealth and giving potential that exist in communities of color.

A Philanthropic Journey: Purpose Greater Than Myself
June 6, 2018 at 12:08 pm

I never thought I would find myself pursuing a career in nonprofit, or as I sit today, in academia. I was on the fast track, climbing my way up the corporate ladder. It was a steady process, but progress was being made...

Philanthropy of a Cruise Line
April 27, 2018 at 11:56 am

I am writing this blog post from the Miami International Airport waiting to return to Indianapolis. I have spent the last nine days on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship named “Navigator of the Seas.” My wife and I traveled to Haiti, Bonaire, Curacao and the Bahamas. My personal highlight was to see Aruba...

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…