The Chronicle of Philanthropy | Letters to the Editor http://philanthropy.com/section/Letters-to-the-Editor/221/ Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:05:56 EST <![CDATA[Donor Trade-Offs Include Support for Amenities vs. System Change]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/151281/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Donor-Trade-Offs-Include/151281/ Individuals and foundations should work to reverse the centralization of power and the decay of democracy, both of which hurt people and the environment.

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Data Are ‘Problematic’ in Giving Report]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/151285/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Data-Are-Problematic-in/151285/ Two scholars question some data in a Chronicle report, and The Chronicle responds.

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Letter to the Editor: Column on Hershey School Was ‘Factually Inaccurate Portrayal’]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150959/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Letter-to-the-Editor-Column/150959/ The school has protected the best interests of its students, says its vice-president for communications.

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Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:01:17 EST
<![CDATA[Grant Maker Defends the Council on Foundations]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149455/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Grant-Maker-Defends-the/149455/ The membership group is not responsible for the failures of philanthropy, writes Angel Braestrup, head of the Curtis & Edith Munson Foundation.

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Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Council on Foundations CEO Defends Group’s Leadership Role]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149167/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Council-on-Foundations-CEO/149167/ Among other things, the council has been speaking up on comprehensive tax reform and helped grant makers that give to veterans and military families to connect with one another, says Vikki Spruill.

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Sun, 05 Oct 2014 20:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Does High CEO Pay Lift Charity’s Value?]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149181/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Does-High-CEO-Pay-Lift/149181/ The founder of the Project on Military Philanthropy questions whether there is a correlation between CEO compensation and how well a nonprofit performs.

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Sun, 05 Oct 2014 20:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Frugal Fundraising Is Still a Good Idea]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148937/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Frugal-Fundraising-Is-Still-a/148937/ A fundraiser at a Catholic secondary school thinks limits on expenses for fundraising and program management are important safeguards.

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Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[It's Time to Seize the Moment to Support Racial-Justice Solutions]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148925/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Its-Time-to-Seize-the-Moment/148925/ Grant makers serving minority groups say organizations need to join forces to battle discrimination.

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Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Support Advocacy With Unrestricted Gifts]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148933/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Support-Advocacy-With/148933/ A fund's request for evaluation feedback from grantees is well-meaning, but a university official says the information is already out there.

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Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:00:00 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[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[New Rules for Workplace Charity Drive Give Donors a Better Deal]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146755/ http://philanthropy.com/article/New-Rules-for-Workplace/146755/ Charities will now pay a fee to participate, so 100 percent of employees' gifts will go to nonprofits, and a more centralized operation will cut costs.

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Thu, 22 May 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Change of CEO Not the Reason Hewlett Ended Grant-Making Effort]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146509/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Change-of-CEO-Not-the-Reason/146509/ A top official says a Chronicle columnist offers a misleading view of why the fund ended its Nonprofit Marketplace Initiative.

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Mon, 12 May 2014 09:48:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Brooklyn Fund Plans to Keep Providing Operating Support]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146327/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Brooklyn-Fund-Plans-to-Keep/146327/ The community foundation says it wants to make sure its grant making aligns with the borough's diverse needs.

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Mon, 05 May 2014 07:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Passion and Data Aren't Incompatible in Making Giving Decisions]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146049/ http://philanthropy.com/article/PassionData-Arent/146049/ GuideStar's chief executive says data still have an important place in donors' decisions about where to give, even as the Hewlett foundation ends its Effective Philanthropy Group.

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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:30:00 EDT
<![CDATA[End of Program Doesn't Mean Failure of Effective Giving Idea]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145771/ http://philanthropy.com/article/End-of-Program-Doesnt-Mean/145771/ The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's president says the end of its Nonprofit Marketplace Initiative doesn't mean the organization is giving up on "effective philanthropy."

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Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:58:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Foundations Must Work Together to Pave Way for Immigration-Law Overhaul]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/144577/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Foundations-Must-Work-Together/144577/ A coalition of grant makers says investing in social services and advocacy is an urgent step as the citizenship movement gains steam.

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Sun, 09 Feb 2014 19:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Transparency and Careful Scholarly Work Required to Estimate Giving]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/144135/ http://philanthropy.com/article/TransparencyCareful/144135/ The need for reliable data is too important for any group to claim its methodology is a secret sauce, write the senior leaders of "Giving USA."

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Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:22:00 EST
<![CDATA[Don’t Coerce Medical Clinics to Charge for Services]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/142067/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Don-t-Coerce-Medical-Clinics/142067/ Nonprofit health groups should resist pressure from the Affordable Care Act to alter their original goals.

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Sun, 06 Oct 2013 13:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[What’s Wrong With 'Strategic Philanthropy’]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/141729/ http://philanthropy.com/article/What-s-Wrong-With-Strategic/141729/ A veteran organizer says foundations need to do more to listen to people who work in the trenches every day to solve social problems.

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Sun, 22 Sep 2013 13:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Widespread Denial Allows Charity Scams to Flourish]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/141423/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Widespread-Denial-Allows/141423/ Sun, 08 Sep 2013 13:00:00 EDT <![CDATA['Tea party’ Means Politics]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/141445/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Tea-party-Means-Politics/141445/ Sun, 08 Sep 2013 13:00:00 EDT <![CDATA[Nonprofit Leader Condemns Unethical Use of Charities]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/140993/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofit-Leader-Condemns/140993/ Diana Aviv, who leads the Independent Sector, says that when charities are suspected of raising millions to profit individuals, they must be investigated.

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Sun, 11 Aug 2013 13:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Defending a Critique of Popular Funds]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/141013/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Defending-a-Critique-of/141013/ A consultant to nonprofits elaborates on his opinion piece criticizing commercial donor-advised funds.

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Sun, 11 Aug 2013 13:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Online Appeals Can’t Match Direct Mail]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/140285/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Online-Appeals-Can-t-Match/140285/ Direct mail is by far the most successful way to find new donors and raise money.

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Sun, 14 Jul 2013 13:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Donor-Advised Funds Don’t Deserve to Be Singled Out for Criticism]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/140263/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Donor-Advised-Funds-Don-t/140263/ A foundation leader takes issue with the notion that nonprofits see little benefit from donor-advised funds.

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Sun, 14 Jul 2013 13:00:00 EDT