RE: Philanthropy Blog

Posted Date: Wed, 02/13/2013 - 16:28
Isssues: Donor Engagement
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.
Posted Date: Wed, 02/13/2013 - 16:17
Posted Date: Wed, 02/13/2013 - 14:07
Isssues: Education
As boards of education across the country begin their 2012-13 budget processes, city residents should know that private investment in public schools is making a significant difference in helping children from low-income homes excel in school.
Posted Date: Wed, 02/13/2013 - 13:53
More and more, companies are building long-term commitments to corporate social responsibility (CSR). In 2012 the rise in consumer activism and mobility, the Occupy movement, 24-hour accountability (thanks to social media), and global resource depletion will force every enterprise, large and small, to make CSR a focal point. Four particular areas stand out among many.
Posted Date: Wed, 02/13/2013 - 13:46
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.
Posted Date: Wed, 02/13/2013 - 13:29
The call came to West Central Initiative early in the work day on Dec. 17: Minnesota was one of nine states chosen for the Department of Education’s Race to the Top early childhood challenge grant. We greeted the news with excitement. West Central Initiative is part of a group of Minnesota organizations that created the Start Early Funders Coalition for Children and Minnesota’s Future, which helped shepherd Minnesota’s Race to the Top grant proposal through the process. At 11 a.m., I received another call inviting me to attend the 2 p.m. press conference at the state capitol. It usually takes three hours just to get to the outskirts of the Twin Cities from our offices in Fergus Falls, but that didn’t stop me. Within minutes, I was in my car and made it to the capitol with 10 minutes to spare. Once there, I was thrilled to be invited to stand at the podium along with other early childhood partners. When Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton asked if anyone at the podium wished to speak, I couldn’t help myself. I took the opportunity to thank all of the Minnesota early childhood educators and care providers who have been working so hard for our youngest children and who will be instrumental in carrying out the grant.
Posted Date: Wed, 02/13/2013 - 13:23
It can be frustrating to look for useful bits of information on grantees and strong programs inside an agency that produces large amounts of data each and every day. Since its inception two years ago, our Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI) has fielded a variety of requests from funders seeking alignment on Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grantees, program strategies, and leverage opportunities. Together with our philanthropic partners, HUD and IPI understand that effective collaboration requires transparency, communication, and easy, timely access to information.
Posted Date: Tue, 02/12/2013 - 08:51
I looked down at my phone as it began to ring and I screamed with frustration, “Seriously? Again?!? Don’t they realize that it is 3 p.m. on a Friday?” That was the tagline I was known all too well for when I did housing relocations for tenants. Housing inspectors would notoriously find a home to condemn for unsafe housing conditions, including supporting beams being taken down and illegal sleeping quarters in basements, attics, and even kitchen pantries.
Posted Date: Mon, 02/11/2013 - 16:34
Based on what I’ve witnessed, many nonprofit and philanthropic professionals are lax in paying attention to copyright because they assume their nonprofit status allows them to use materials any way they see fit. The problem isn’t just respecting copyright for printed materials like articles, book chapters, and images. The problem extends to showing documentaries and popular movies without attempting to acquire public performance rights. People tend to assume that since they’re showing the content without charging admission, they don’t need rights. Many also make the incorrect assumption that they can use copies of the video intended for “home use only” for a public showing.
Posted Date: Mon, 02/11/2013 - 15:44
How do foundations make giving decisions? Hope Consulting and Guidestar have released the much-anticipated Money for Good II study (MFG II) to answer these questions.

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