The Chronicle of Philanthropy | Opinion http://philanthropy.com/section/Opinion/212/ Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:46:21 EDT <![CDATA[How Foundations Invest Money Is Just as Important as How They Make Grants]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148865/ http://philanthropy.com/article/How-Foundations-Invest-Money/148865/ Grant Makers started by entrepreneurs could offer some valuable lessons to established philanthropies with legacies to protect.

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Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[How Local Donors Can Do Better to Improve Schools]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148871/ http://philanthropy.com/article/How-Local-Donors-Can-Do-Better/148871/ Philanthropists who know the area well can pool their resources and keep a dialogue going with government agencies, neighborhood associations, parents, and others.

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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[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[7 Myths About Social Impact-Investing Keep Grant Makers From a Good Thing]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148881/ http://philanthropy.com/article/7-Myths-About-Social/148881/ It isn't just for start-up companies. It takes the form of a loan to a nonprofit health clinic or to an arts group learning how to deal with debt.

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Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Will the Council on Foundations Be a Change Agent or Just a Trade Group?]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148901/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Will-the-Council-on/148901/ The organization has been in the doldrums, with weak boards, dissatisfied members, and an unclear mission.

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Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[4 New Approaches to Reaching and Cultivating Today’s Billionaires]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148617/ http://philanthropy.com/article/4-New-Approaches-to-Reaching/148617/ Fundraisers need to consider how donors think about politics, family, and results.

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[More Feedback Would Improve Foundations’ Service to Society]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148585/ http://philanthropy.com/article/More-Feedback-Would-Improve/148585/ Seven foundations are announcing today a plan to award at least $15-million to jump-start projects that promote better openness about what works.

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Thu, 04 Sep 2014 08:00:00 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[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