The Chronicle of Philanthropy | Opinion http://philanthropy.com/section/Opinion/212/ Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:40:06 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[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[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[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[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[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
<![CDATA[Nonprofit Leadership Development Is a Vital Ingredient for Social Change]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147619/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofit-Leadership/147619/ More grant makers should step up spending to help advocacy groups learn to do more.

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Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:00:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Donors Who Lavish Money on Elite Institutions Only Exacerbate the Wealth Gap]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147583/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Donors-Who-Lavish-Money-on/147583/ Instead of fighting poverty, much of philanthropy goes to private schools, top universities, and the arts, leaving very little to local and grass-roots groups.

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Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Conservative Ideologues Are a Danger to Nonprofits of All Kinds]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147567/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Conservative-Ideologues-Are-a/147567/ Blaming the victim for problems in the economy and our society undermines the public’s charitable instincts and support of government programs.

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Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:02:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Obama’s Plan to Aid Black Men and Boys Will Help Everyone]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147541/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Obama-s-Plan-to-Aid-Black/147541/ A plan that fails to recognize that some groups have greater needs than others will not deliver equal outcomes.

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Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:10:27 EDT
<![CDATA[Opinion: Storytelling to Win Support for a Cause Should Be Tied to Social Change]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147437/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Opinion-Storytelling-to-Win/147437/ Personal narratives work best when they convey the kind of inspiration that prompts people to action, the author says.

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Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[How Philanthropy Can Help Fix Democracy]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147185/ http://philanthropy.com/article/How-Philanthropy-Can-Help-Fix/147185/ Eric Cantor’s loss in a Virginia primary race shows the importance of how election maps are drawn; more foundations need to take heed.

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Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Small Groups Need Sustained Funding to Develop Breakthrough Ideas]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147063/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Small-Groups-Need-Sustained/147063/ Foundations must end a system that causes tiny charities to duplicate efforts and compete for limited resources.

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Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[How Foundations Can Be the Risk Takers They Want to Be]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147059/ http://philanthropy.com/article/How-Foundations-Can-Be-the/147059/ To spark greater innovation, start rewarding failure and stop counting widgets.

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Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[To Conquer AIDS, Philanthropy Must Fight the Injustice It Thrives On]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147005/ http://philanthropy.com/article/To-Conquer-AIDS-Philanthropy/147005/ Among marginalized Americans, AIDS is spiraling out of control, fueled by unemployment, lack of education, racial biases, and incarceration.

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Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:52:48 EDT
<![CDATA[To Stay Relevant, Community Funds Must Adapt to a Radically Changed World]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146981/ http://philanthropy.com/article/To-Stay-Relevant-Community/146981/ United Ways, commercial charitable-gift funds, and other kinds of community giving have reshaped the landscape from 100 years ago, when the first community foundation was founded.

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Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Rich Could Tackle Many Social Ills by Supporting a National Digital-Library Endowment]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146911/ http://philanthropy.com/article/The-Rich-Could-Tackle-Many/146911/ Besides narrowing the digital divide, e-reading can boost education and improve health, aging, and the criminal-justice system.

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Wed, 04 Jun 2014 09:00:00 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[Foundations Must Rethink What It Means to Be Accountable]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146603/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Foundations-Must-Rethink-What/146603/ The more foundations seek to influence policy, the more pressure they face to be open about how they make decisions.

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Sun, 18 May 2014 19:30:00 EDT