The Chronicle of Philanthropy | Opinion http://philanthropy.com/section/Opinion/212/ Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:08:43 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
<![CDATA[5 Falsehoods That Keep Nonprofits From Making the Most of Social Media]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149997/ http://philanthropy.com/article/5-Falsehoods-That-Keep/149997/ Nonprofits must stop worrying about crazy people online and instead focus on finding well-meaning people who want to help shape and support their cause, says the author of Matterness, a book released last week.

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Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Grant Makers Are Uniquely Suited to Find Lasting Solutions to Global Needs]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149979/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Grant-Makers-Are-Uniquely/149979/ The Ebola crisis should prompt philanthropy to re-examine what happens after the emergency money is spent.

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Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:41:19 EST
<![CDATA[Bill and Melinda Gates Should Focus on Fixing America’s Health-Care Problem]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149973/ http://philanthropy.com/article/BillMelinda-Gates-Should/149973/ Their foundation’s remarkable work overseas to end global disease is laudable, but why not also help the poor in the U.S.?

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Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[What Fundraisers Can Learn From Tom Menino, Boston’s ‘Urban Mechanic’]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149873/ http://philanthropy.com/article/What-Fundraisers-Can-Learn/149873/ The death last week of Boston's longest-serving mayor is a reminder of qualities that make a public official beloved—and can help a fundraiser do a better job.

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Thu, 06 Nov 2014 16:39:00 EST
<![CDATA[For Foundations, Advocacy Should Be About More Than Changing Policies]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149799/ http://philanthropy.com/article/For-Foundations-Advocacy/149799/ Grant makers can ultimately lose the battle if they don't look ahead to the policies' implementation and how market forces will react.

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Mon, 03 Nov 2014 08:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Charities Conquer Political Gridlock to Carve New Paths]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149719/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Charities-Conquer-Political/149719/ Nonprofits are springing up across the country, and even in the most politically combative states, people are working together to forge a new path of possibility and hope.

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:16:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Donor-Advised Funds Are a Boon to Savvy Charities]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149677/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Donor-Advised-Funds-Are-a-Boon/149677/ Most people who establish them have a strong desire to give, and the funds make it easier for tax advisers to broach the subject of charitable donations with their clients.

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:08:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Donor-Advised Funds Let Wall Street Steer Charitable Donations]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149679/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Donor-Advised-Funds-Let-Wall/149679/ Ever more money is being warehoused in these funds instead of going directly to charities, which are struggling with growing needs.

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:08:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Foundations Shouldn’t Shrink From Supporting Marches to Curb Climate Change]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149425/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Foundations-Shouldn-t-Shrink/149425/ Climate change is fixable, but it helps to have protesters in the streets to persuade leaders it is good politics.

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Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:00:00 EDT
<![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[Today’s Problems Call for Reviving Charity—and Eliminating the Need for It]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149427/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Today-s-Problems-Call-for/149427/ The tension between philanthropy and charity can benefit both worlds. We would do well to revitalize a partnership between the two.

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Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:00:00 EDT