Rage Giving: What’s the Formula For Success?

There’s been nothing “business-as-usual” in the United States since Election Day 2016. That seismic event - although political in nature - has had a profound effect nationwide, including on sectors that are, ordinarily, non-political. It spawned a phenomenon dubbed “rage giving” (also sometimes referred to as  “rage donations” or “rage philanthropy”): a visceral reaction in the general public that unleashes a Read More

How Big is “Too Big” For a Community Foundation?

In this fourth part of a series arising out of the recently exposed travails of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, we consider the argument raised by a number of expert observers that, for a nonprofit organization, bigger is not always better. And, in the case of a community foundation, an unrelenting push to expand beyond the community from which the foundation takes its name, may be a particularly troublesome Read More

Observations About Silicon Valley Community Foundation From Outside Its Bubble

In Secrets and Lies at Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Scandal Erupts at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, we began a multi-part series on the spectacular implosion of the nation’s largest community foundation. The scandal that blew open the problems at this charity was a #MeToo tale of a toxic workplace that continued for over a decade. We continue now with a look at the findings of the independent law Read More

Thanks, but No Thanks (For the Donation)

Long gone are the days when a nonprofit couldn’t imagine turning down a donation - particularly a large one. In recent years, though, more and more organizations are rejecting contributions for a wide variety of legitimate reasons. Two of the most frequently cited rationales for rejecting a charitable gift are: (1) too many restrictions on how the money is to be spent; and (2) ethical issues about how the donor Read More

Harassment of Fundraisers: A New Report

What was only whispered about last year at this time is now out in the open and finally receiving the attention it deserves: sexual harassment and assault in the nonprofit sector and - particularly - the plight of vulnerable fundraisers at the hands of powerful donors and board members.     Fundraisers’ Vulnerability For many groups, the fundraising or development professional is vital to the organization’s Read More