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Livestream of Clinton Global Initiative 2010
By Tom Watson on September 21, 2010 | One Comment

Watch CGI 2010 as it happens:

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At Clinton Confab of Heavy-Hitters, Amplification and Distribution Comes from Below
By Tom Watson on September 25, 2009 | No Comment
At Clinton Confab of Heavy-Hitters, Amplification and Distribution Comes from Below

Putting the imperative issue of civil rights and justice around the world for women and children front and center at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative required intense coordination between CGI and the Obama Administration – …

At CGI: President Obama Hails Partnership, Collaboration and Vision
By Tom Watson on September 22, 2009 | No Comment
At CGI: President Obama Hails Partnership, Collaboration and Vision

President Barack Obama brought a strong message to the audience of a thousand heads of state, diplomates, CEOs, major philanthropists, and movie stars at the Clinton Global Initiative this evening:  “Real progress doesn’t just come …

The Clinton Global Initiative Loosens Its Digital Tie
By Tom Watson on September 22, 2009 | No Comment

Midtown Manhattan is in virtual lock-down, as motorcades shut streets and security agents create instant frozen zones to protect the heads of state here in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. Cabs are …

News Briefing: Robin Hood Event Adjusts to Tough Times
By Kate Golden on May 13, 2009 | No Comment

The Robin Hood Foundation's spring fundraising event adjusts to tough economic times.  [New York Times]

The trustee overseeing the liquidation of Madoff's assets has sued the Picower Foundation, alleging that foundation founders knew they were …

News Briefing: Recession Fails to Halt Spring Charity Benefits
By Kate Golden on May 11, 2009 | No Comment

Opportunities grow for nonprofit groups to win money through online contests.  [New York Times]

Despite the economy, many nonprofits move ahead with charity benefits, but look to save money on expenses.  [New York Times]

Public television stations …

The Twittered Conference: A Richer Experience
By Tom Watson on April 1, 2009 | No Comment

Last week in Oxford, I posed a simple question to the audience assembled for my panel at the Skoll World Forum: who was on Twitter?
About half the attendees raised their hands. And indeed, the the …

Skoll World Forum Take-Away: Funding for Online Social Activism
By Tom Watson on March 27, 2009 | 2 Comments
Skoll World Forum Take-Away: Funding for Online Social Activism

My panel yesterday at the Skoll World Forum, courtesy of MakeGood.
Lifting a pint in an Oxford pub that celebrated its 500th birthday two years ago with several Skoll World Forum attendees may have provided the …

Live from the Skoll World Forum
By Tom Watson on March 27, 2009 | No Comment

[youtube=]Today, I hosted a terrific panel at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, UK – panelists were Mari Kuraishi of Global Giving, Premal Shah of Kiva, and Mads Kjaer of MyC4. Lots of interaction with …

Open Source Giving: Does It Change the Web?
By Tom Watson on March 17, 2009 | 2 Comments

Next week, I’ll be hosting a panel discussion at the Skoll World Forum at Oxford University that takes its title from one of my favorite John Lennon songs: Power to the People. The discussion will …

Mark Your Calendars: Live Chronicle Discussion
By Tom Watson on December 11, 2008 | One Comment

Next Tuesday I’ll be hosting a live lunchtime discussion online for the Chronicle of Philanthropy as part of their terrific Chronicle Live series. The “talk” gets underway at noon EST at the Live site. We’ll …

Bill Clinton and the Economic Crisis: A Blogger's Chat
By Tom Watson on September 23, 2008 | No Comment

The question for philanthropy says former President Bill Clinton, is whether “people give more or less” during the unfolding American financial crisis.
“I think there’s at least a 50-percent chance they’ll give more,” he told a …

Lessons from the Political Arena: Personal Democracy in Action
By Tom Watson on June 30, 2008 | No Comment

“Can we just put up a site like Barack Obama’s?”
Surely I am not the only person working in the philanthropic sector who has been asked that question in the last six months. Even as nonprofits, …

Political Geekfest Opens Curtain
By Tom Watson on June 23, 2008 | No Comment

I’m at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York today and tomorrow – my friends Andrew Rasiej and Micah Sifry have done a phenomenal job of attracting top names and true experts in online politics …

FLiPing for Philanthropy
By Tom Watson on June 11, 2008 | One Comment

During the research for this book, my colleagues from the Future Leaders in Philanthropy – or FLiP – community helped pull together a thoughtful and informal focus group on millennial attitudes and causes. Over the …

News Briefing: Gala Auction Feels a Chill From Wall Street’s Slump
By Kate Golden on May 30, 2008 | One Comment

Bill Cosby will be auctioning off some of his legendary patterned sweaters to benefit a charity established in memory of his late son.  [Reuters]

The tax-exempt status of nonprofit institutions is increasingly being challenged.  [New York …

News Briefing: When Strings Are Attached, Quirky Gifts Can Limit Universities
By Kate Golden on April 14, 2008 | No Comment

Universities’ academic programs can be shaped by the interests – and restrictions – of their donors.  [New York Times]

Billionaire bond trader will auction the Scandinavian portion of his international stamp collection, to benefit the …

News Briefing: Increased Compensation Puts More College Presidents in the Million-Dollar Club
By Kate Golden on November 14, 2007 | No Comment

Laura Bush, founders of the Gap, and others honored for their support of children.  [Associated Press]

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation commits $50 million to expand HIV prevention efforts in China.  [Associated Press]

Number of million-dollar pay …

News Briefing: Donors Bid Millions NOT to Rename School
By Kate Golden on November 5, 2007 | No Comment

Antioch College trustees agree to keep the school open; plan contingent on aggressive fundraising goals over the next three years.  [Associated Press]

Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson III and his wife, Monica, establish a family foundation …

Wealth & Giving Forum Message: Get Your Hands Dirty
By Tom Watson on July 10, 2007 | No Comment

When it comes to changing the world, you don’t need to know
everything to begin to make a difference. That was the message of several major
philanthropists this weekend at the Greenbrier, where the Wealth & Giving …


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