The Tech Industry Is Reshaping Philanthropy, One Big Bet at a Time
December 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm

The year 2012 marked the first #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, where leaders across nonprofit and for-profit industries use social media to promote the end-of-year giving season. Since the holiday was created by the United Nations Foundation and the 92nd Street Y, philanthropy in the U.S. has evolved significantly. Philanthropists are giving larger charitable donations…

Open Source Fundraising
December 21, 2016 at 9:00 am

2016 is ending not completely without marvel for me. Two great things happened last week. First, on Dec. 16, the family of Canadian philanthropists Larry and Judy Tanenbaum donated $20 million to create the Tanenbaum Open Institute at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital. Inspired by open science, these donors understand that researchers will be able…

Always Playing Catch Up? Philanthropy and Social Movements
August 3, 2015 at 2:42 pm

The other day, I explored why so many funders love to back social entrepreneurs even though history shows that big changes are usually brought about by social movements—which today’s funders are decidedly less interested in backing. I offered up several possible reasons for this imbalanced funding picture, but here’s one I didn’t explore: Maybe there’s just…

Bill and Melinda Gates Top 'Social Philanthropists' Ranking
July 9, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Of the world's top philanthropists, Bill and Melinda Gates command the largest social media audience, a report from Portland Communications finds. Released as part of a report on Communicating Global Giving, the rankings analyzed the social media accounts of the top 100 philanthropists globally in terms of dollars donated to charitable causes and ranked the…

ALS Community Hopes to Make Ice-Bucket Challenge an Annual Event
July 8, 2015 at 6:00 am

Members of the ALS community aim to reignite the ice-bucket challenge with an eye to making it an annual fundraising event, while acknowledging it will likely continue on a smaller scale. Their rallying cry: Every August until a cure. "A lot of people think it was a one-time shot," said Pat Quinn, who was diagnosed…

Sean Parker Seeks a New Approach to Charity
June 25, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Sean Parker has been known for many things over many years, like being a co-founder of Napster, an early Facebook executive and a fun-loving, jet-setting billionaire. Now he wants to be known for a different role: a distinct kind of philanthropist. Mr. Parker is embarking on formal introductions of new programs to be financed by…

Good to Great: Growth Strategies for Up-and-Coming Nonprofits
April 1, 2015

There are lots and lots of very good, very worthy nonprofit organizations out there. But how many truly "great" charities are there? You know, nonprofits that run efficient programs, maximize fundraising and operate as a unified, holistic organization?