Christie’s is known for commercial auctions, but it also regularly donates auctioneers to museums and other cultural institutions and nonprofits for their benefit auctions. Now, it is extending its charitable work through partnerships with online platforms.
The nonprofit Global Impact, through Growfund, a platform that lets individuals set up donor-advised funds with no minimum, now provides fund administration services for giving circles so they can focus on raising and disbursing funds. One DC giving circle has seen its raised funds double since joining.
There are certainly lessons for nonprofits to take away from the rapid rise of crowdfunded charity about the importance of personal connection and the need donors have to feel they are personally doing good, but there is a flip side.
The impact of forces of disruption in modern-day US society are, as the author writes, “causing shifts across the charitable landscape that are shaping new donor behaviors and trends.” This article describes resulting new engagement opportunities that may—or may not—become part of a new order.
The infrastructure in the UK charged with regulating fundraising is far more sensitive to the nuances of the abuse of donor interests than any related body in the United States. Ethical fundraisers in the United States can use these questions as a guide to judge their own practices.