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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:

Nervous Nonprofits Look for Signs of Hope in Foundation Report
By Tom Watson on February 11, 2009 | No Comment

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?

Tell the Story, as if Your Life Depends On It
By Susan Carey Dempsey on January 9, 2009 | No Comment
Tell the Story, as if Your Life Depends On It

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.

UNICEF and Holiday Giving
By Tom Watson on December 19, 2008 | No Comment

onPhilanthropy spoke with Robert Thompson, new Sr. Vice President for Development at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF

McCain – Obama Forum Kicks Off ServiceNation Summit
By Tom Watson on September 12, 2008 | No Comment
McCain – Obama Forum Kicks Off ServiceNation Summit

As a tantalizing opening to the ServiceNation summit conference convening today in New York City, presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain appeared at Columbia University last night to lay out their views on public service. They appeared back-to-back, sharing the stage only momentarily, to answer questions from Judy Woodruff of PBS and Richard Stengel of Time Magazine.

Building a Billion Dollar Bridge to Philanthropy
By Tom Watson on April 25, 2008 | No Comment
Building a Billion Dollar Bridge to Philanthropy

Remember Ted Turner’s pledge of $1 billion to the United Nations? At the time, it was groundbreaking on several levels. Not only were 10-figure philanthropic commitments from an individual exceedingly rare, but the notion of the United Nations as a beneficiary did not exist.

Hole in the Wall Cited for Powerful Brand
By Tom Watson on January 24, 2008 | No Comment

Increasingly, the power of an effective brand, long embraced by the corporate world, is being seen by nonprofits as a critical tool in the competitive philanthropic marketplace.

Savoring the Hope of Ending Child Hunger
By Tom Watson on January 16, 2008 | No Comment

This year, Share Our Strength, the national organization dedicated to fighting child hunger, will mark the 20th anniversary of its groundbreaking event, Taste of the Nation. At an event in New York to kick off the anniversary year, onPhilanthropy spoke with SOS co-founder, Debbie Shore, as well as some of the leading chefs involved in this culinary benefit, which has raised more than $70 million since it began.

Emerging from Poverty to Aid the Poor in Other Lands
By Tom Watson on October 4, 2007 | No Comment

At the Clinton Global Initiative last week, BRAC announced a $271 million commitment to support education for girls in Africa and Asia. Founded in 1972 by Fazle Hasan Abed to provide small scale relief and rehabilitation for the poor in Bangladesh, BRAC has grown into one of the world’s largest nonprofits.

Why Should Bill Gates Have All the Fun?: Stories to Spread the Joy of “Giving”
By Tom Watson on September 13, 2007 | No Comment
Why Should Bill Gates Have All the Fun?: Stories to Spread the Joy of “Giving”

Bill Clinton has famously created an unprecedented role in his post-presidential years, of brokering and encouraging philanthropic initiatives that are historic in their scope and degree of innovation. Building on the boost that the Clinton Global Initiative has given to philanthropy, he’s now published a book that seeks to infect average citizens with the same joy of giving that’s become widely associated with industrial tycoons.

Prime Time for Enterprising Ideas
By Susan Carey Dempsey on May 23, 2007 | No Comment

So we noted with interest that NOW On PBS-TV is about to launch a new series, called Enterprising Ideas, which will focus on “stories that highlight people using their business acumen to make the world a better place,” according to David Brancaccio, the program’s host. What’s notable about this series is that it is planned to be aired over 2 years, focusing on 18-20 different initiatives. The significant commitment that makes it possible comes from the Skoll Foundation, through the PBS Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Fund.

Prime Time for Enterprising Ideas
By Tom Watson on May 23, 2007 | No Comment

So we noted with interest that NOW On PBS-TV is about to launch a new series, called Enterprising Ideas, which will focus on “stories that highlight people using their business acumen to make the world a better place,” according to David Brancaccio, the program’s host. What’s notable about this series is that it is planned to be aired over 2 years, focusing on 18-20 different initiatives. The significant commitment that makes it possible comes from the Skoll Foundation, through the PBS Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Fund.

INTERVIEW: The Difference of a Lifetime
By Tom Watson on January 11, 2007 | No Comment
INTERVIEW: The Difference of a Lifetime

onPhilanthropy spoke with Dr. Jeffrey Solomon, President of The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, a family of charitable foundations operating in Canada, Israel, and the United States. Their mission is to encourage young people to strengthen their knowledge and appreciation of their history, heritage, and culture, as well as to support programs to improve the quality of life in Israel.

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