Surge Donations for the Charitable Community

The events of November 8, 2016, were - not to put too fine a point on it - unexpected. The sudden reality of a GOP-controlled Congress and White House caused jitters around the nation including in the philanthropy community. Many nonprofits rely financially on a generous federal budget and their charitable beneficiaries face catastrophic consequences if services and benefits are slashed. Amidst this doom-and-gloom Read More

Issues in Online Giving

When government regulators meet, they make lists of the most pressing topics that keep them up at night. These lists aren’t static, especially given the fast pace of technological change that is having an impact on many aspects of the philanthropic sector including - of course - fundraising. One of the hottest topics right now is online fundraising and technology. With technology driving so much of today’s social Read More

Charity Shenanigans of the Billionaire-Philanthropist Doctor

In “Patient-Advocacy Nonprofits’ Dark Ties to Industry,” we examined some practices in the nonprofit sector that need a huge dose of sunlight on them to expose apparent conflicts of interest. Specifically, we referred to the often too-cozy relationships between patient-advocacy organizations and drug companies or other healthcare businesses that fund them. This post tells the tale of  Patrick Soon-Shiang, M.D., a Read More