The Chronicle of Philanthropy | Opinion http://philanthropy.com/section/Opinion/212/ Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:08:36 EDT <![CDATA[A Global Activist Battled Policies That Disenfranchised the Powerless]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145999/ http://philanthropy.com/article/A-Global-Activist-Battled/145999/ Peter Bell, a former president of CARE who died this month at age 73, devoted his life to defending human rights and reducing poverty.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Scientific Leaps Require Donors to Give Bigger]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145855/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Scientific-Leaps-Require/145855/ As government cuts back, research that could save people from dying of cancer, diabetes, and other diseases is at risk unless philanthropy steps in.

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Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:52:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Nonprofits Will Lose Workers to Business Unless They Feel a Sense of Purpose]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145725/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofits-Will-Lose-Workers/145725/ Nonprofits need to teach managers to act like community organizers if they expect to keep their most talented employees—especially those in the millennial generation.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:00:00 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[Attacks and Vitriol Will Not Deter Me From Supporting Fixes to Public Policy]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145647/ http://philanthropy.com/article/AttacksVitriol-Will-Not/145647/ Controversy has swirled around John Arnold, who critics say wants to be another “Koch brother.” He says his work on issues like pensions has bipartisan support.

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:52:00 EDT
<![CDATA[World Vision’s Flip-Flop on Hiring Married Gays Shows a Stunning Lack of Foresight]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145645/ http://philanthropy.com/article/World-Vision-s-Flip-Flop-on/145645/ The aid organization should have known there is no such thing as a "minor donor issue," and it should have had contingency plans.

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:56:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Give Fundraising Researchers More Influence]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145453/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Give-Fundraising-Researchers/145453/ The people who find out information about potential donors deserve more credit, but they also must stand up for their work more aggressively.

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Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:30:00 EDT
<![CDATA[IRS Should Take the Middle Ground on Nonprofit Politicking]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145375/ http://philanthropy.com/article/IRS-Should-Take-the-Middle/145375/ The tax agency’s final decision will be judged by whether the rules can be enforced impartially and whether they protect constitutional principles, such as an informed electorate.

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Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:44:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Richard Boone: a Tireless but Humble Advocate for the Poor]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145353/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Richard-Boone-a-Tireless-but/145353/ A force behind many War on Poverty efforts including food stamps and Head Start, Mr. Boone, who died at age 86, was a risk taker and was always open to new ideas.

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Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:24:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Changes in the Charitable Deduction Don’t Have to Mean Losses for Charities]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145323/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Changes-in-the-Charitable/145323/ Not all proposals to overhaul tax laws are the same. It's possible that some could strengthen incentives to give.

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Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:10:00 EDT
<![CDATA[War on Poverty Book Ignores the Programs Overall Successes]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145165/ http://philanthropy.com/article/War-on-Poverty-Book-Ignores/145165/ The effort cultivated new leaders from poor and minority neighborhoods and pushed for serious changes in how local governments served the needy.

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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Mergers Might Happen More Often if Nonprofits Focused on Workers’ Needs]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145171/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Mergers-Might-Happen-More/145171/ Blending boards, brands, and key staff members can be emotionally charged—and every bit as important as finances and mission.

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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Online Games Can Help Nonprofits Connect Viscerally With People]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145191/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Online-Games-Can-Help/145191/ Documentary filmmakers offer a lesson for all charities: Provoke serious thinking about social issues by using interactive games.

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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Dishonesty by People in Positions of Trust Is Eroding Public Confidence]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145091/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Dishonesty-by-People-in/145091/ As Americans lose faith in nonprofits, government, and corporations, they won't have the trust to invest their charitable dollars.

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Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:15:00 EST
<![CDATA[The Audacity of AmericaSpeaks to Improve Democracy Holds Lessons for Us All]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145021/ http://philanthropy.com/article/The-Audacity-of-AmericaSpeaks/145021/ The group, which has closed after 19 years, managed to get Americans of all stripes to debate hot topics and calmly find the kinds of compromises that Congress still lacks.

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Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:41:00 EST
<![CDATA[Extend the Charitable Deduction to Every American]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/144971/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Extend-the-Charitable/144971/ It's wrong for philanthropy to support the charitable deduction solely for affluent Americans who itemize on their tax returns.

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Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:18:00 EST
<![CDATA[Understanding Philanthropy Can Help Lawmakers Make Better Choices]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/144853/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Understanding-Philanthropy-Can/144853/ Individual grant makers should share their experiences about successful programs and help policy makers understand the implications of new laws and regulations.

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Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Grant Makers Should Use the Power of Shareholder Ballots]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/144845/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Grant-Makers-Should-Use-the/144845/ Foundations should follow the lead of pension funds, state treasurers, and others to use their investment clout to push for changes in corporate policy.

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Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Unlike in Business, Nonprofits Succeed by Sharing the Struggles and the Glory]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/144869/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Unlike-in-Business-Nonprofits/144869/ The focus on high-performing organizations has a downside: It undermines the effectiveness of all nonprofits by turning social change into a competition.

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Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[9 Ways to Spread Ideas That Work]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/144867/ http://philanthropy.com/article/9-Ways-to-Spread-Ideas-That/144867/ Even the most successful programs just scratch the surface of real need. But you can increase their impact without increasing the size of the charity.

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Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:00:00 EST
<![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[Sharing Data for All to See Helps Charities Do Better Work]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/144557/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Sharing-Data-for-All-to-See/144557/ Nonprofits need to capture the same hunger for customer feedback that helps companies innovate.

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Sun, 09 Feb 2014 19:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Following 'Recipes’ Is a Key Ingredient in Adopting Proven Programs]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/144555/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Following-Recipes-Is-a-Key/144555/ Investing the time and money to find out what makes a program effective is critical if it's to be adapted successfully in other locations.

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Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Foundations Offering to Bail Out Detroit May Regret Their Decision]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/144233/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Foundations-Offering-to-Bail/144233/ Despite what they say, the grant makers are setting a precedent for other cities and letting their funds be used as passive pools of money for short-term needs.

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Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:28:00 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[Fighting Income Inequality Should Be Top Nonprofit Priority]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/144121/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Fighting-Income-Inequality/144121/ Charities have been too reluctant to advocate for policies that close the gap in wealth and have in some cases perpetuated it in their own compensation policies.

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Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:55:00 EST