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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 …
Back in my newspaper days, we had a tradition that made a lot of good sense: a yearly editorial that discussed the newspaper itself in some detail – its ownership, history, business aims and future plans. If the community spent any time on our pages, and came to trust our reporting and outlook, then it deserved some disclosure and transparency in return for its quarter.
One of the least talked about consequences of the global economic meltdown is the near total failure of our pocket calculators’ capacities. We are now well into 14 digits, including 12 zeros, when talk turns to consequences and projections. Since this is way too many digits for most pocket calculators, it requires that we re-master the art of the math using decimal points.
Women control significant philanthropic resources, and their wealth is increasing. They cite their involvement with an organization as one of the most important motivators of their giving. Yet studies show that women continue to be tapped as volunteer leaders far less often than their male counterparts.
Never has the “E” in CECP been so important. CECP is the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, a network of global CEOs committed to corporate philanthropy. Translating that commitment into concrete action — in their own companies and across the private sector — is no small feat considering current economic conditions. Still, sixty CEOs seized the opportunity to have meaningful dialogue on Monday, the day designated by CECP as International Corporate Philanthropy Day (ICPD).
In the last few weeks the Washington DC area has been hit by a bit of snow which quickly turned side streets, sidewalks and driveways into glare ice as the temperatures went up and down like Yo-Yos. While creeping along with traffic on the way to work, I listened to early morning news on my car radio. One tragic story of an apartment fire caught my attention.
Speaking last week at an event hosted by the NYU Stern Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Mohammad Yunus’ tone was an optimistic contrast to the global despondency over the state of the world economy.
With a Foundation Center report out today on giving trends in 2007, nonprofits are anxiously scouring the analysis for hints as to how funders will act in the year ahead. Organizations supporting the environment and animals had a strong showing, so those sectors may feel a bit more secure, but who knows whether even that trend will continue?
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First came Colin Powell. His endorsement of Barack Obama in October was a deeply profound moment, and any follow-up was bound to be closely watched. On January 9th, Powell emerged to promote Obama’s national service initiative – an effort to help renew the country through volunteering.
This week, America embarks on a new chapter in its history — not simply with a new executive administration but with leadership that reflects to the world the diversity of this nation and the opportunity inherent in its principles.
It’s no secret that blogs are big. Technorati, which tracks blogs, has identified 63.2 million and reports 175,000 new blogs daily and more than 18 updates every second. And blogging has certainly arrived in the nonprofit sector. According to Technorati, more than 10,500 of these blogs are tagged with the term “charity,” while more than 4,000 are tagged “nonprofit,” and close to 2,300 are tagged “philanthropy.”
We do not have an advance copy of President–Elect Barack Obama’s inauguration address just at hand, but it’s no particular leap of faith to predict that a national call to public service will be issued from the west front of the Capitol on Tuesday afternoon.
As we embark on a new year of publishing onPhilanthropy, I thought it would be interesting to see what our articles tell us about the story of 2008.
To some the U.S. recession was a real challenge. To Kara, it was a significant opportunity. After five years in a corporate job and encouraged by downsizing, she left the for-profit sector for an exciting adventure in the nonprofit world.
When I meet with the leaders of a nonprofit organization for the first time,
I often ask them what they would say if I grabbed them by the collar and demanded to know, “If your organization ceased to exist tomorrow, what would happen to the world?” The question always startles them, because they’d assumed that their mission was perfectly obvious, their cause deserving, and that if consultants like me could provide a little guidance, they could attract funds from donors large and small.
onPhilanthropy spoke with Robert Thompson, new Sr. Vice President for Development at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF
The historic moment of President-elect Barack Obama’s victory in November was not lost on the PEDIGREE Foundation. The organization seized the moment to issue a New York Times ad encouraging Mr. Obama to adopt a shelter dog when fulfilling his campaign promise to daughters Malia and Sasha.
My parents’ generation has rightly been called the Greatest Generation. They overcame the Great Depression, defeated Hitler, and produced a middle class that was larger and more stable than any the world had ever known. They earned the title not only for their accomplishments but also for their attitude. For my parents, giving of themselves for family, community, and country wasn’t a noble act; it was simply an expectation of what everyone should do. It came naturally to them as immigrants in this land they loved.
Last week, thought leaders from the philanthropic sector convened at the 2008 Gurin Forum, produced by the Giving Institute and the Giving USA Foundation, to discuss and debate the use of charitable dollars in addressing societal need.