The Chronicle of Philanthropy | Opinion http://philanthropy.com/section/Opinion/212/ Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:42:06 EST <![CDATA[Technology Start-Ups Don’t Hold All the Answers for ‘Broken’ Nonprofits]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/151221/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Technology-Start-Ups-Don-t/151221/ Lack of good journalism about nonprofits and strong professional training at business schools and elsewhere perpetuates dangerous myths.

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Arts Institutions Could Benefit From Embracing Digital Media]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/151241/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Arts-Institutions-Could/151241/ Creating high-level jobs and setting a strategy for reaching people through social media, smartphones, and other technology are increasingly essential.

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:00:00 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[As Donors, Our Obsession With Safeguarding Funds Blinds Us to Real Grantee Needs]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/151193/ http://philanthropy.com/article/As-Donors-Our-Obsession-With/151193/ Too many projects are doomed before they start because grant makers are unrealistic and shortsighted.

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Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:42:50 EST
<![CDATA[Nonprofits Win Key Victory in Overhead Battles With Government]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/151177/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofits-Win-Key-Victory-in/151177/ A little-noticed new rule could add new money for administrative expenses to government grants and contracts charities receive.

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Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:27:47 EST
<![CDATA[Satire Can Be a Powerful Message for Nonprofits]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/151087/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Satire-Can-Be-a-Powerful/151087/ A tragic but important lesson from the Paris attacks is that comedy gets across a message that makes a difference.

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Thu, 08 Jan 2015 15:24:14 EST
<![CDATA[11 Don't-Miss Op-Eds of the Last Year: Editor's Picks]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150977/ http://philanthropy.com/article/11-Dont-Miss-Op-Eds-of-the/150977/ Prominent contributors to our opinion pages in 2014 dispel myths, encourage risk-taking, and discuss the best ways to criticize donors, among other topics.

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Mon, 05 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[Obama Hurt Charities With Tax Move]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150951/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Obama-Hurt-Charities-With-Tax/150951/ By saying he would veto a measure to extend three important giving incentives, the president thwarted important Congressional action.

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Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:05:30 EST
<![CDATA[Suicide of an Expelled Student Raises New Questions About Hershey Trust]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150953/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Suicide-of-an-Expelled-Student/150953/ For more than two decades, the $12-billion organization has faced accusations of wrongdoing, but government and others do little.

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Tue, 23 Dec 2014 09:39:43 EST
<![CDATA[Need for Diversity at Nonprofits Is More Vital After Garner and Brown Cases]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150943/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Need-for-Diversity-at/150943/ Charities have much to learn from business on the importance of hiring more women and minorities.

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:37:10 EST
<![CDATA[Questions Board Members Should Ask to Foster Diversity]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150941/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Questions-Board-Members-Should/150941/ Consultant Ann Lehman suggests making diversity part of a strategic plan and setting up a buddy system to mentor new trustees.

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:33:32 EST
<![CDATA[Foundations Can Help Transform How We Care for Aging Americans]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150919/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Foundations-Can-Help-Transform/150919/ Let’s apply social networking concepts to how we help social-service groups and others care for a fast-growing part of our population.

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:04:09 EST
<![CDATA[Outrage Over Garner and Brown Cases Should Keep Philanthropy Focused on Criminal Justice]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150899/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Outrage-Over-GarnerBrown/150899/ Foundations and nonprofits have made a huge difference; now they are poised to do even more.

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Is It Immoral for Charities to Push ‘Amazon Smile’?]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150865/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Is-It-Immoral-for-Charities-to/150865/ Amazon’s practices seem at odds with the goals of many charities, so they shouldn’t help the company sell its wares.

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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Courageous Nonprofit Leadership Groups Are Greatly Needed]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150799/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Courageous-Nonprofit/150799/ The lack of attention to big issues, like forcing wealthy institutions to give more and act more democratically, is hobbling the ability of charities to serve society.

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Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:49:20 EST
<![CDATA[Foundations Should Push for Disclosure of Corporate ‘Welfare’ Deals]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150797/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Foundations-Should-Push-for/150797/ A new proposal would force local and state governments to tell how much they provide to businesses, and how much citizens are losing as a result.

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Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:46:57 EST
<![CDATA[An April 15 Deadline for Charitable Giving Would Be a Boon to Nonprofits]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150413/ http://philanthropy.com/article/An-April-15-Deadline-for/150413/ All the research, plus some real-life fundraising experience, suggests that moving the deadline would lead to an overall increase in the sums Americans give annually.

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Mon, 08 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Buzzwords to Watch in 2015]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150405/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Buzzwords-to-Watch-in-2015/150405/ Encryption, artivists, and wearables are among the words and ideas that will get new attention in the year to come.

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Mon, 08 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[10 Trade-Offs Donors Face That Make Philanthropy Tough but Rewarding]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150407/ http://philanthropy.com/article/10-Trade-Offs-Donors-Face-That/150407/ Should gifts be based on a philanthropist’s passions or society’s needs? Those are among the questions to confront.

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Mon, 08 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[The Detroit Deal Is a Model for How Foundations Can Solve Dire Problems]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150177/ http://philanthropy.com/article/The-Detroit-Deal-Is-a-Model/150177/ The deal demonstrates what happens when grant makers offer incentives that get every key player to make a financial sacrifice.

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Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:28:16 EST
<![CDATA[Charities Should Give, Not Beg, on Giving Tuesday]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150163/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Charities-Should-Give-Not/150163/ The competition for donations on December 2 runs the risk of alienating the very people nonprofits need most.

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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:45:10 EST
<![CDATA[Renaming Avery Fisher Hall Raises the Question of Authenticity]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150117/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Renaming-Avery-Fisher-Hall/150117/ Avery Fisher's dedication to music infused every aspect of his life. Naming the hall after him symbolized philanthropy that connected one person to a genuine passion.

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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:40:00 EST
<![CDATA[Foundations Should Support ‘Reproductive Justice,’ Not Just ‘Pro-Choice’]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149999/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Foundations-Should-Support/149999/ Young people and those who are poor and face other challenges don’t respond to the phrases so many nonprofits use to push legalized abortion.

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Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Nonprofit Workers Should Feel Free to Change Jobs and Causes]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150033/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofit-Workers-Should-Feel/150033/ It’s time to talk to rising stars about the skills they need for a strong career, regardless of where they land.

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Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:00:00 EST