E-Philanthropy

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Jeff Bezos Thanks for Philanthropy Suggestions, Promises ‘More to Come’
August 29, 2017 at 10:44 am

Two months after he asked the Twitterverse to suggest short-term options for future philanthropy, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos passed along his appreciation for the tens of thousands of responses that were sent in. “I’m really glad I asked—the responses have been very helpful and have already [changed] my thinking about how to approach this,” said…

What We Can Learn From Jerry Lewis’ MDA Legacy
August 25, 2017 at 10:05 am

Many fundraising techniques have been tied to technology. Jerry Lewis was fortunate to make the most of television as a venue for his telethon. The world thanks you, Lewis, for enhancing philanthropy through your celebrity and encouraging others to join you...

How Jerry Lewis Raised $2.6B for Charity With His Famous Muscular Dystrophy Telethons
August 21, 2017 at 10:37 am

Aside from starring in some of the classic comedy films of the past half century, Jerry Lewis will be remembered for his humanitarian work, especially the annual telethon he hosted for 45 years that raised money and awareness for muscular dystrophy. The telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, for which the comedian served as national chairman…