Donor-Advised Funds, or DAFs, are a rapidly growing staple in the giving of individual donors. But they are also controversial. This important original article by IUPUI’s Patrick Rooney explores how their use may affect the charitable money flows in our modern giving landscape.
There are two main, and contradictory, trends in American giving: its steady ascent, and
its relative flatness of growth. This historical reflection of U.S. philanthropy delves into what Soskis, of the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, calls “one of the great, enduring mysteries of philanthropy.”
This article discusses trends in individual grantmaking as a lens through which to explore the efforts of so-called “experts” to corral giving, and asks, “Can we make donors act differently, and should we even want to?” Why not promote peer-based giving circles instead?
Stories, especially transformational ones, are a powerful tool for describing a nonprofit’s impact, but is it proof of the model? In summer 2017, Urban Alliance completed a six-year randomized control trial (RCT)—the gold standard of program evaluation—and in the process were themselves tested. This article describes the ups and downs of this grueling process.
How does cash flow impact—and how is it impacted by—the way a nonprofit does business? Fiscal Management Associates’ Hilda Polanco and John Summers discuss the number one critical component of any business: day-to-day liquidity.
For investors concerned with sustainable returns and making a difference in the world, green bonds may be just the thing. This article outlines how green bonds work, and offers a projection of the future of the market.
“Tell us what problems $100 million can solve, and how.” Thus began an experimental grantmaking process launched by the MacArthur Foundation in response to, as the author writes, “criticism that the philanthropic sector is too insular, not sufficiently focused on impact, and too risk averse.” This article gives an insider overview of the experiment and its results, and offers lessons learned along the way in anticipation of the final announcement of the successful awardee.
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