The Chronicle of Philanthropy | Community http://philanthropy.com/section/Community/200/ Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:26:35 EDT <![CDATA[Ferguson Shooting, Not Ice-Bucket Craze, Demands Philanthropy’s Focus]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148591/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Ferguson-Shooting-Not/148591/ Foundations and nonprofits are spending so much time talking about the ice-bucket frenzy and not nearly enough about healing racial and political divisions.

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Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:21:36 EDT
<![CDATA[Foundation CEOs Need Candid Feedback to Succeed in Driving Change]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148573/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Foundation-CEOs-Need-Candid/148573/ Ford’s CEO says in a letter released today that lack of constructive criticism is his biggest challenge. So let’s give him and other leaders what they need.

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Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:41:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Push the Senate to Pass the America Gives More Act]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148505/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Push-the-Senate-to-Pass-the/148505/ Nonprofit leaders should do all they can while lawmakers are at home to promote tax breaks that encourage donations.

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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[3 Rules for Getting Gifts From Big Corporations]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148477/ http://philanthropy.com/article/3-Rules-for-Getting-Gifts-From/148477/ Show your passion, always mention your connections to the company, and avoid letters of inquiry, says the president of the Wells Fargo Foundation.

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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[America’s Celebrity Obsession Shouldn’t Dictate What Causes Get Attention]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148439/ http://philanthropy.com/article/America-s-Celebrity/148439/ Journalists too often rely on Hollywood stars to decide which charities are worthy of coverage.

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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Self-Reporting Is Key to Responsible Behavior by Charities]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148435/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Self-Reporting-Is-Key-to/148435/ The Direct Marketing Association says its new tool for measuring fundraising performance is reliable because it uses data that are independently audited and submitted to the IRS.

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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:28:24 EDT
<![CDATA[Learn How to Hire and Retain Great Fundraisers]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148395/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Learn-How-to-HireRetain/148395/ Join us on Wednesday, September 3, at noon Eastern time for a live online discussion on how to recruit, mentor, and hang on to talented fundraisers.

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:37:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Foundation Supports Cutting-Edge Findings for Cancer Treatment]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148221/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Foundation-Supports/148221/ The Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy has awarded nearly $25-million to projects that are too innovative to get federal aid.

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Despite All the Buzz About Innovation, Foundations Are Playing It Too Safe]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148241/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Despite-All-the-Buzz-About/148241/ Many grant makers keep turning to safe investments with predesignated results, but a few are breaking out of that mold.

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Minority Women and Girls Are in Dire Straits, So Don’t Focus Solely on Males]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148213/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Minority-WomenGirls-Are/148213/ Ambitious foundation and government efforts similar to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper are urgently needed.

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Thu, 07 Aug 2014 10:34:13 EDT
<![CDATA[America’s Press Needs to Stop Fawning Over Big Donors]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148183/ http://philanthropy.com/article/America-s-Press-Needs-to/148183/ As newspapers cut back, fewer journalists are asking the tough questions that can keep philanthropy accountable.

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Wed, 06 Aug 2014 10:18:28 EDT
<![CDATA[Greenpeace’s Board Took Swift Action After $5.2-Million Loss]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148181/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Greenpeace-s-Board-Took/148181/ The organization gives every board member financial-literacy training and hired an accounting firm to do an extensive audit.

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Wed, 06 Aug 2014 10:13:57 EDT
<![CDATA[Working Too Much Can Hurt Productivity]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147959/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Working-Too-Much-Can-Hurt/147959/ In the first episode of The Chronicle's podcast What's the Big Idea, Allison Fine interviews the author Brigid Schulze about why work has become overwhelming for so many people and how nonprofit leaders can ease the burden for their staffs.

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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Does Bitcoin Make Sense for Your Organization?]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147963/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Does-Bitcoin-Make-Sense-for/147963/ Watch a video recording of a panel of experts discussing the "cryptocurrency."

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:02:00 EDT
<![CDATA[After a Nonprofit Financial Crisis, the Board Needs to Step In]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147981/ http://philanthropy.com/article/After-a-Nonprofit-Financial/147981/ The loss of more than $5-million at Greenpeace should send a message to all nonprofits about how to recover from a messy scandal.

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:01:44 EDT
<![CDATA[Philanthropy's 'Fatal' Flaws and How Community Funds Can Help]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147969/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Philanthropys-Fatal-Flaws/147969/ The departing leader of the Santa Fe Community Foundation says community funds should be leaders in an effort to democratize philanthropy.

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:32:00 EDT
<![CDATA[What Are the Wealthy Thinking Now?]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147885/ http://philanthropy.com/article/What-Are-the-Wealthy-Thinking/147885/ Catch up on trends in fundraising in a conversation recorded at the 2014 Fundraising Day in New York last month.

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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:25:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Social Change Requires Foundations to Help Nonprofits Extend Their Digital Reach]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147933/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Social-Change-Requires/147933/ A new survey shows that it’s lack of money and staff, not a paucity of knowledge or interest, that is holding nonprofits back.

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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:18:24 EDT
<![CDATA[Using Your Organization's History to Achieve Goals]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147785/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Using-Your-Organizations/147785/ Watch the recording of a discussion about researching your group's past and presenting it in a compelling way.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Foundation Trustees Shouldn’t Be Paid Millions of Dollars]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147863/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Foundation-Trustees/147863/ News that three Bremer Foundation trustees received $1-million should spark a campaign about all fees that exceed a few thousand dollars a year.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:02:48 EDT
<![CDATA[Philanthropy Must Step Up Action to Help Children Crossing the Border]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147849/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Philanthropy-Must-Step-Up/147849/ Nonprofits that provide services and advocacy need grant-maker support.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:48:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Give Millions While You’re Young: a Plea to the Wealthy]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147775/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Give-Millions-While-You-re/147775/ Generous philanthropy started early can help stave off big problems that will face society later and help donors learn about giving when they’re young.

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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:32:23 EDT
<![CDATA[Skateboarding Charity Breaks Social Barriers and Promotes Education]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147623/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Skateboarding-Charity-Breaks/147623/ Skateistan introduces a new sport to youngsters in Afghanistan and Cambodia—but only if they go to school.

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Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:00:27 EDT
<![CDATA[Founder of Group That Composts Human Remains Wins Nonprofit Award]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147635/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Founder-of-Group-That-Composts/147635/ Echoing Green, which helped groups like City Year get their start, awarded 55 fellowships, including one to the founder of the Urban Death Project.

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Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:00:27 EDT
<![CDATA[As the Role of Foundations Changes, We Need to Alter Our Default Attitudes]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147613/ http://philanthropy.com/article/As-the-Role-of-Foundations/147613/ Philanthropy’s growth and the changing perspectives of young people and new donors require grant makers to reshape the grant-making culture.

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Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:00:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Sharing Data on Diversity Helps Foundations Do a Better Job]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147615/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Sharing-Data-on-Diversity/147615/ Grant makers should follow the lead of Google, Yahoo, and others in disclosing details about who makes decisions.

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Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:00:26 EDT