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Giving Tuesday? Yes, and…give it some thought.
By Susan Carey Dempsey on November 28, 2012 | No Comment
Giving Tuesday? Yes, and…give it some thought.

I join many other observers of the philanthropic community in applauding the concept of Giving Tuesday, seeking to shine as bright a light on charitable giving as we have become accustomed to seeing – endlessly …

Funders Warn J-Schools:Lag at Your Own Risk
By Susan Carey Dempsey on August 9, 2012 | No Comment
Funders Warn J-Schools:Lag at Your Own Risk

In a provocative open letter to America’s university presidents, six major funders have called for journalism schools to adopt the “teaching hospital” model of education, using professionals in residence as a powerful resource. The letter …

No Strategic Plan, Unrealistic Expectations—and My Boss is Having an Affair
By Lilya Wagner on May 30, 2012 | No Comment
No Strategic Plan, Unrealistic Expectations—and My Boss is Having an Affair

As a fundraising professional one of the only assets you truly have is your reputation.  So what would you do if you learned that your married boss, the chief development officer (CDO), was having an …

Komen Stumbles, Recovers…Can the Damage be Undone?
By Susan Carey Dempsey on February 3, 2012 | No Comment
Komen Stumbles, Recovers…Can the Damage be Undone?

Among members of the philanthropic, political and healthcare sectors, a loud snap was distinctly heard today, as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation suffered a sharp case of whiplash. In a statement this …

Full Speed Ahead! Handling Unrealistic Short-Term Goal Expectations
By Lilya Wagner on January 24, 2012 | No Comment
Full Speed Ahead!  Handling Unrealistic Short-Term Goal Expectations

Lilya Wagner continues, in this column with Patrice Hieb, her series on handling fundraisers’ leadership nightmares.

New York Charities May Soon Face Unfriendly AG Audits
By Jonathan Gudema Esq. on January 17, 2012 | No Comment
New York Charities May Soon Face Unfriendly AG Audits

New York State’s Attorney General has made it clear that nonprofit organizations need to show good-faith compliance with NYPMIFA or face serious consequences.

An End to AIDS: Keep Eyes on the Prize
By Susan Carey Dempsey on December 1, 2011 | No Comment
An End to AIDS: Keep Eyes on the Prize

The landscape on this World AIDS Day is an unlikely constellation formed by a diversity of players, transformative scientific research, and persistent chipping away at seemingly intractable obstacles. Appearing today at George Washington University in …

View from the UN on the Future for Women
By Ayca Ariyoruk on October 24, 2011 | No Comment
View from the UN on the Future for Women

Recently, Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile and the new head of the United Nations supra-entity on women, spoke with Turkish Philanthropy Funds about several topics, including women, philanthropy, and power. Today, as the UN …

Economic Challenges Persist for Nonprofits: New Report Recommends Action for Organizations
By Brian Crimmins on October 14, 2011 | No Comment
Economic Challenges Persist for Nonprofits: New Report Recommends Action for Organizations

It is unanimous that the recession was felt deeply and widely, and unfortunately we continue to feel those effects.  There is no crystal ball that can tell us when our economy will return to a …

CGI Mobilizes Emergency Response to Horn of Africa
By Susan Carey Dempsey on September 22, 2011 | No Comment
CGI Mobilizes Emergency Response to Horn of Africa

The specter of growing famine on the Horn of Africa impelled a group of humanitarian organizations and corporations to hold a joint press conference at CGI this morning to announce a multi-pronged response in the …

The Debt Deal and Struggling Nonprofits: A Real Satan Sandwich?
By Tom Watson on August 3, 2011 | 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 …

Leadership Nightmares and How to Wake Up From Them
By Lilya Wagner on May 25, 2011 | One Comment
Leadership Nightmares and How to Wake Up From Them

John is chief development officer of a medical school foundation.  The CEO of the foundation and CFO have met and discussed the budget, and he expected to be consulted about the amount of money he …

Helping the Most Vulnerable: Handicap International and the Hilton Prize
By Tom Watson on May 9, 2011 | 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 …

Pablo Eisenberg: Unintended Consequences of Giving Pledge’s Good Intentions
By Pablo Eisenberg on January 11, 2011 | 7 Comments
Pablo Eisenberg: Unintended Consequences of Giving Pledge’s Good Intentions

Surveys and research have indicated that very wealthy donors, those giving over $1 million a year, donate almost all their money to universities and colleges, hospitals and medical schools, and museums and art institutions. Only a …

Silver Lining of Downturn: Pro Bono Aid
By Susan Carey Dempsey on November 23, 2009 | No Comment
Silver Lining of Downturn: Pro Bono Aid

Many sectors of the economy have slowed to a crawl, and law firms are finding their associates with time on their hands. It’s a blessing for nonprofits, who face their own financial challenges, that many firms are stepping up their pro bono legal programs as a result. onPhilanthropy spoke with Michael A. Rothenberg, Executive Director of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, about trends NYLPI is seeing:

Reimagining CSR: Google.Org
By Tom Watson on February 26, 2009 | No Comment
Reimagining CSR: Google.Org

Does Google.Org’s announcement really represent a big change for the organization? Does it matter if the entity invests in non- or for-profits, and can it be successful doing both at once? Is it fair to criticize Google for taking a “business approach to philanthropy”?

“Let’s Not Waste This Crisis”
By Shannon Bond on February 19, 2009 | No Comment

With this call to action, David Vidal, Director of The Conference Board Center for Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability, brought the 2009 Global Corporate Citizenship Conference to a close in New York City.

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