Philanthropy Pros: Priorities & Pain Points

“Is my organization normal?”  That’s one of the most common questions the philanthropy experts at BDO hear from organizational leaders. And because of the diversity in the sector - mission, scope, size - the matter of evaluating “performance to ensure sustainability” is a “perennial challenge" for these people in the trenches. For the last three years, BDO's Institute for Nonprofit Excellence has conducted Read More

More Thoughts from Philanthropy Thinkers

In June, we posted Philanthropy Thought Leaders: Hot Topics to highlight just a few examples of the useful and provocative commentary popping up regularly from expert observers and leaders of our sector.  Continuing on this month - and it may turn into a regular series - we present introductory tidbits and links to a few more worthwhile articles with a “philosophical ‘big-ideas’ Read More

What is Liberatory Philanthropy?

Recently, in the charitable sector, deep theoretical discussions have moved from the quiet dark corners of academia into the light.   According to Rodney Foxworth, executive director of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economy (BALLE) in Oakland, California: “The past year ushered in a new level of poignant and popular critique of the business of philanthropy, catalyzing widespread discussion and debate Read More

Ford Foundation Chief: Transform Philanthropy Now

“Philanthropy, honey, it’s time for an intervention.” - E. Villanueva When one of the philanthropic community’s most influential leaders, Darren Walker, head of the Ford Foundation, makes an impassioned call for change, it is newsworthy. And when Ruth McCambridge, the editor-in-chief of one of the sector’s leading publications, The Nonprofit Quarterly, writes that he “hits it out of the park,” that, too, is Read More

New Bills in CA Legislature on Crowdfunding, Other Hot Issues

In order to meet a deadline in the California legislature for introducing new bills to be considered in the current session, lawmakers hurried to file three items in late February 2019 of significant interest to nonprofit organizations. They cover three of the hottest topics in the philanthropy sector: crowdfunding, donor-advised funds, and community foundations. The bills on donor-advised funds (AB 1712) and Read More

MacArthur Foundation Launches New $100 Million Competition

In 2016, the world-renowned MacArthur Foundation took a huge leap of faith when it announced its bold 100&Change contest. The challenge for applicants: present a proposal to “solve one of the world’s most critical social challenges.” Who was eligible: any organization or collaboration “working in any field, anywhere in the world.” The prize: a $100-million grant. The project was more successful than even Read More

History of Anonymous Giving: A Forum

A year ago, we posted To Give or Not To Give - Anonymously, That Is (March 27, 2018). With a light-hearted touch, we discussed the reasons why current-day donors choose either to give to charity with great fanfare or to conceal their identities as benefactors of certain institutions or causes. Of the two paths, the more intriguing is that of anonymity.  Why do philanthropists make this choice? The two most Read More

Collaborative Philanthropy Trending in 2018

Back in January 2017, Jamie Serino, the Director of Marketing for Blackbaud’s Corporations & Foundations division, made predictions for the coming year. In The Year Ahead in Philanthropy: 2017 Trends to Watch, his picks for charitable-sector trends to watch were: 1) donor-advised funds; (2) “community foundations expanding beyond local community”; and (3) “measurement” (data-driven decision-making). Regarding Read More

Bitcoin and More: The New World of Donations

“There’s no denying 2017 was the year for cryptocurrencies,” writes a company that trades in one such product called “Stellar”: So many of these innovative assets,  which were previously completely unknown, have now been written about and debated everywhere. While much of the attention directed at cryptocurrencies was due to their meteoric rise over the past year, it was also due to the fact that they present Read More