E-Philanthropy

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...

Best Practices for Retaining and Recruiting Event Participants
October 23, 2017 at 3:40 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 […]

China Businesswoman Receives Carnegie Philanthropy Medal in New York
October 5, 2017 at 12:28 pm

Mei Hing Chak—also known as Zhai Meiqing—was feted with a Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in New York this week for exceptional giving and creating a world of positive change. Chak and her husband Liu Zhiqiang ranked No. 205 on the Forbes China Rich List in 2016 with a combined fortune worth $1.4 billion. “The value…

Culture of Philanthropy: How Are You Building Nonprofit Goodwill?
September 28, 2017 at 10:44 am

If you want to be sustainable over the long haul, you must incorporate this dual-pronged goal into your values and planning. The values part is critical, because if you don’t have goodwill internally (in how you treat your colleagues) you’re unlikely to have goodwill externally (in how others perceive you)...

Donation Trends By Channel: 2016 Donor Data Report
September 6, 2017 at 10:56 am

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 […]