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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
Posted Date: Mon, 02/11/2013 - 15:35
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....
Posted Date: Mon, 02/11/2013 - 15:17
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...
Posted Date: Tue, 12/27/2011 - 00:00
Family philanthropy is comprised of more than just family foundations. Robyn Schien writes about the work at The Minneapolis Foundation serving families through the use of Donor Advised Funds and emphasizing the importance of engaging the next generation. Many of these issues will be tackled at the...
Posted Date: Tue, 12/27/2011 - 00:00
Continuing the Community Foundation Week blog series, The Denver Foundation reflects on its Inclusiveness Project: the lessons learned over the last decade, the progress made in closing racial and economic disparities, and the gaps that remain. The foundation has received national recognition for...
Posted Date: Tue, 12/27/2011 - 00:00
Is philanthropy enough? With all the needs facing communities, a tough economic environment, an era of budget deficits, and the possibility of a cap on charitable deductions, how do foundations meet today’s challenges? Hillary Nather-Detisch of the Omaha Community Foundation, asks the tough, and...
Posted Date: Tue, 12/27/2011 - 00:00
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-...
Posted Date: Tue, 12/27/2011 - 00:00
Elizabeth Douglass, the web services associate at the Council, shares her experiences teaching students “from nations with emerging technological infrastructures,” as well as what she has learned in the process. It is a story of how philanthropy at the local community level can also have an...
Posted Date: Tue, 12/27/2011 - 00:00
The family philanthropy blog series on Re: Philanthropy wraps up today – coinciding with the end of early bird registration for the Family Philanthropy Conference in February. Planning Committee member Daniela Fainberg discusses how Fusion will be “a unique place to get inspired, improve your...
Posted Date: Tue, 12/27/2011 - 00:00
Nelli Garton of the Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation discusses how there is a growing amount of frustration throughout the country and a rising level of need, all of which can be overwhelming … but there is hope around the corner.

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