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 few months 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 conceal their identities as benefactors of an institution or cause. Of the two paths, the more intriguing is that of anonymity.  Why do these privacy-minded donors make this choice? Researchers 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