March 31, 2015

FEATURED ARTICLES: PHILANTHROPY

Contest Philanthropy at the Council on Foundations: A Troubling Dynamic

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The agenda for the annual meeting of the Council on Foundations includes a “shark tank” like  competition  for nonprofits to get the attention of philanthropy. Does this stuff make sense and what is the meaning nonprofits should draw?

A Different Vision of Rural Philanthropy from Nebraska’s Jeff Yost

YostIn this edition of the Cohen Report, Rick talks with the Nebraska Community Foundation’s Jeff Yost in a wide-ranging conversation about everything from rural community building to approaches to rural philanthropy from the perspective of a community foundation that thinks like a community developer.

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The Next Foundation Challenge in Detroit: A Bankrupt Public Education System

DetroitThe Grand Bargain may have saved the collection of the Detroit Institute of Art and helped the city deal with the pension obstacle in emerging from bankruptcy, but Detroit’s problems are hardly over. Example no. 1: the Detroit Public Schools.

Building a Culture of Philanthropy in Your Organization

HallwayResearch shows that an organization’s culture dramatically affects its effectiveness. Culture is pervasive, affecting all areas of the organization, including fund development.

How Crowdfunding Has Been Used to Rebuild Ferguson Businesses

FergusonMore than 25 Ferguson-area businesses have raised a combined $447,198 on GoFundMe.

Contest Philanthropy at the Council on Foundations: A Troubling Dynamic

Gladiator

The agenda for the annual meeting of the Council on Foundations includes a “shark tank” like  competition  for nonprofits to get the attention of philanthropy. Does this stuff make sense and what is the meaning nonprofits should draw?

Bloomberg & Gates Create Fund to Defend Nations from Big Tobacco Litigation

CigarettesBig tobacco’s suits against Uruguay and Australia under provisions of various trade agreements have prompted Bloomberg Philanthropies to create a fund to help nations fend off tobacco SLAPP suits—and prompted us to note one more hard-to-swallow part of the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement being promoted by President Obama.

Why Should Foundations Serving Marginalized Communities Focus Explicitly on Equity?

Justice DelayedAs we stand in the midst of an increasingly vocal movement for racial justice, it’s an opportune time to reflect on how we define progress toward racial equity and assess foundation responses to systemic inequities.

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