March 29, 2015


Contest Philanthropy at the Council on Foundations: A Troubling Dynamic


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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  • Non profitAs organizational theorists have described it, an organization’s risk of dying is highest at the point of its founding and decreases with age. So it is essential for new ...

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Makes $3 Billion in Eyebrow-raising Venture Philanthropy

VertexThe Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s investment in the development of an astronomically-priced breakthrough drug paid off in a dramatic way.

’Tis the Season: Find Out What Motivates Next-Gen Givers

Christmas calendarConnectivity and impact make the list of important attributes that motivate young people’s giving.

Ethical Debate over Hunters Against Hunger in Montana

HuntingThe ethics of hunting are a consideration in this hunger program in Montana.

Improper Donor Influence—or Not? A North Carolina Case Lesson

NewsDoes the selection of an institute supported by the Koch Brothers to author curriculum materials for a state-mandated course show signs of improper donor influence?

Giving Tuesday: Slower Growth but Big Growth in 2014 (Infographic)

#GivingTuesdayAccording to the Case Foundation, #GivingTuesday has continued to grow, although at a slower rate than previous years and less than was predicted.

The Problem with Downing Street’s Grantmaking

DowningDowning Street has been shown to not be the best judge when it comes to grantmaking.