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Leap of Reason: What Nonprofit Leaders Should Know About Impact and Funders
November 14, 2011 – 8:54 pm | No Comment
Leap of Reason: What Nonprofit Leaders Should Know About Impact and Funders

I’m a story teller by nature and by vocation, so I shivered a little bit when I read this sentence in Mario Morino’s excellent Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity, …

#OccupyWallStreet, Philanthropy, and Organizing Causes
October 16, 2011 – 2:07 pm | No Comment
#OccupyWallStreet, Philanthropy, and Organizing Causes

Occupy Wall Street, the angry and widespread protest collective that has moved well beyond Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, is a month old this week. For those of us who work in the nonprofit and …

Clinton’s Confab Shifts to Take on Economic Challenges
September 25, 2011 – 3:24 pm | No Comment
Clinton’s Confab Shifts to Take on Economic Challenges

In its early years, the Clinton Global Initiative often seemed to present a kind of Democratic administration in exile – a gentle yet important correction to the Bush White House. The former President acted as …

The Debt Deal and Struggling Nonprofits: A Real Satan Sandwich?
August 3, 2011 – 3:08 pm | No Comment
The Debt Deal and Struggling Nonprofits: A Real Satan Sandwich?

While the much-criticized “deal” to forestall the United States’ defaulting on its bonded debt obligations did avoid a take-down of the charitable deduction in the tax code, nonprofits and those who support them can hardly …

Helping the Most Vulnerable: Handicap International and the Hilton Prize
May 9, 2011 – 11:15 am | One Comment
Helping the Most Vulnerable: Handicap International and the Hilton Prize

Three weeks ago at the 10th annual Global Philanthropy Forum, Handicap International received the 2011 Hilton Humanitarian Prize at the ceremony in Redwood City. Formed in 1982 by two French doctors to help Cambodians …

Affleck’s Toughest Role: Helping War-Ravaged Eastern Congo
April 16, 2011 – 4:28 pm | No Comment
Affleck’s Toughest Role: Helping War-Ravaged Eastern Congo

Celebrity philanthropy can be a mixed bag. For all the attention it can bring to a cause, sometimes the baggage simply isn’t worth it. [See Madonna, Malawi et al]. Yet when actor Ben Affleck sat …

La Pietra Coalition Puts Women’s Rights on Global Agenda: Q&A with Sandra Taylor
April 14, 2011 – 5:23 pm | No Comment
La Pietra Coalition Puts Women’s Rights on Global Agenda: Q&A with Sandra Taylor

The La Pietra Coalition first gathered two years ago in a Renaissance villa outside Florence with a goal of putting the drive for women’s rights and economic growth front and center on the global leadership …

Philanthropy World Rallies Behind Yunus Over Ouster at Grameen
March 3, 2011 – 3:05 pm | One Comment
Philanthropy World Rallies Behind Yunus Over Ouster at Grameen

The philanthropy and microfinance sector is nearly united in opposing an attempt by the government of Bangladesh to oust Professor Muhammad Yunus as managing director of Grameen Bank, the social enterprise for which he won …

‘If you want to liberate a government, give them the Internet’
February 14, 2011 – 4:16 pm | 2 Comments
‘If you want to liberate a government, give them the Internet’

I’ve had a few notes from friends over the last two weeks that all ran along the lines of “this is CauseWired coming to life!” meaning Egypt and seemingly-spontaneous January 25th uprising, which deposed strongman …

One Giving Sector Prognosticator Looks Forward – and Back
January 16, 2011 – 11:55 am | No Comment
One Giving Sector Prognosticator Looks Forward – and Back

This is the tail end of the busy season for experienced prognosticators, and few in the social sector are as voluble (or respected) as Lucy Bernholz, who blogs at Philanthropy2173 and runs Blueprint …

Taking on the iPhone: 5,000 Sign Petition Protesting App Ban
December 13, 2010 – 12:20 pm | No Comment
Taking on the iPhone: 5,000 Sign Petition Protesting App Ban

When is an extra click and a “walled garden” software market bad for philanthropy? When it closes off easy access to mobile giving, according to online nonprofit activists. The last week has seen an interesting …

Book Review: Breakthrough Nonprofit Branding
November 22, 2010 – 5:22 pm | No Comment
Book Review: Breakthrough Nonprofit Branding

There are a lot of lessons in the new book Breakthrough Nonprofit Branding: Seven Principles to Power Extraordinary Results by cause marketing expert Carol Cone along with co-authors Jocelyne S. Daw, Kristian Darigan Merenda, and …

Carol Cone: Cause Marketing Is Dead (It’s All About ‘Purpose’)
November 8, 2010 – 9:05 am | 2 Comments
Carol Cone: Cause Marketing Is Dead (It’s All About ‘Purpose’)

When the mother of cause marketing declares that “cause marketing as we know it is dead,” it’s time to pay attention. So said Carol Cone last week as she introduced the fourth annual Good Purpose …

Bill Clinton Inside the Numbers
September 28, 2010 – 11:52 am | No Comment
Bill Clinton Inside the Numbers

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We’re here in the media bunker of the old Sheraton on Seventh Avenue, plugged into the sixth annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting – my fifth, as it turns …

Livestream of Clinton Global Initiative 2010
September 21, 2010 – 8:58 am | One Comment

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Book Review: The Networked Nonprofit
June 21, 2010 – 10:00 am | 5 Comments
Book Review: The Networked Nonprofit

In my consulting work, I meet plenty of nonprofit leaders – development directors, board members, executive directors – who know they want to open their organizations to social media but lack the right blueprint. It’s …

New Blackbaud Charity Index Shows Growth in Giving
June 15, 2010 – 2:24 pm | 2 Comments
New Blackbaud Charity Index Shows Growth in Giving

Will an index replace an estimate? That may be the question with the release of Blackbaud’s new Index of Charitable Giving, hot on the heels of this year’s Giving USA estimate of charitable giving in …

Philanthropy’s Double Dip: Giving Numbers Tumble for Second Straight Year
June 10, 2010 – 4:05 pm | 7 Comments
Philanthropy’s Double Dip: Giving Numbers Tumble for Second Straight Year

Giving in the U.S. dropped for the second straight year in 2009, reflecting the depth of the American recession, and a slight drop in individual giving but a steep decline in foundation philanthropy. The annual …

Gates Pledges $1.5 Billion for Women and Children in UN Partnership
June 8, 2010 – 7:09 pm | One Comment
Gates Pledges $1.5 Billion for Women and Children in UN Partnership

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $1.5 billion this week in alliance with the United Nations to improve the health of women and children around the world – but the dollar …

Activists Join Hands on the Sand to Protest Oil Policy
June 7, 2010 – 11:10 am | No Comment
Activists Join Hands on the Sand to Protest Oil Policy

Mark June 26th on your calendars and hope for good beach weather – if you want to see a change in national energy policy, that is. That’s the day that the dream of a Florida …

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