RE: Philanthropy Blog

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 2:09pm

Ask anyone to name the greatest philanthropists of all time – Jewish or otherwise – and they will invariably identify people known for giving away huge sums of money. From Rockefeller to Rothschild, from Buffet to Blaustein, from Morgan to Montefiore, most of us have come to equate philanthropy with the charitable contributions of people of immense wealth.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 4:28pm

On January 9th, Wall Street Journal blogger Veronica Dagher posted an article highlighting the opportunity for philanthropic donors with Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) to create a “double bottom line.” Dagher points out that donors at large national funds, such as Schwab, are increasingly looking not only to create social impact by spending their money in the social sector, but also by investing their money to create a positive impact through impact investing. Like Dagher, we see this as a promising trend, however, we have noticed that large national providers are not the only organizations providing donors with the opportunity to make impact investments. Some community foundations are also excited by this trend and provide donors with opportunities to invest their DAF dollars to create positive social impact while still earning a return on their investment.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 1:46pm

A report underwritten by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has found that this donor is younger and more likely to be African-American or Latino than traditional donors. Moreover, new donors often use their mobile phones to make contributions through text messaging that is inspired by moving and sometimes distressing stories about people in crisis.

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 3:35pm

In my humble opinion, Millennials bring together all of the aspects of a perfect donor. At Building Tomorrow and in general in my watching of the fundraising world, I have seen Millennials do some amazing things by giving their time, talents, and resources to others and to causes they believe in. Below are the three reasons that Millennials are the perfect donor.

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 3:17pm

I’ve long been wary about in-house videos. Because, let’s face it, videos can be tough to pull off. So it was with some trepidation that we decided not just to make our first set of short videos this year, but to feature them at our 25th anniversary annual meeting-indeed, to make them the centerpiece of the program for the afternoon.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 12:00am

What would Gordon Gekko say? In the year’s final Re: Philanthropy blog, Suzanne Skees writes, “Is it possible that we give for reasons other than self-sacrifice? This holiday season, let’s admit it: We’re in this for us. It’s not noble to give, whether of time or money: It’s completely self-gratifying. Giving boosts our brain chemistry, connects us to community, and fulfills our destiny.” Do you agree?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 12:00am

The Community Foundation Week blog series continues with the Inland Northwest Community Foundation sharing how they put together a PSA campaign on how donors can leave a lasting legacy in the community using real-life stories. Check out their videos on YouTube as well.

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 12:00am

Did you know Liberia is the home of the world’s only Secretariat for Philanthropy? As Re: Philanthropy’s coverage of global grantmaking continues, read about the Secretariat’s story and the lessons that can be learned from it.

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 12:00am

Community Foundation Week 2011 has come and gone, but this look back in a Re: Philanthropy blog from the Maine Community Foundation shows not only how busy it was for all, but also how successful. And despite have a week dedicated to the sector every year, helping others is done each and every week by community foundations across the country with little fanfare.

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 12:00am

The latest CF Week blog from Greater Kansas City Community Foundation provides an example of how when one community foundation successfully implements a program the idea quickly spreads throughout the field to the benefit of communities across the country.