The Chronicle of Philanthropy | Opinion http://philanthropy.com/section/Opinion/212/ Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:21:08 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
<![CDATA[More Foundation Presidents Should Serve on Grant-Maker Boards]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146577/ http://philanthropy.com/article/More-Foundation-Presidents/146577/ People with expertise in running a foundation can provide much-needed skills, like knowledge about oversight.

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Sun, 18 May 2014 19:30:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Change of CEO Not the Reason Hewlett Ended Grant-Making Effort]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146509/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Change-of-CEO-Not-the-Reason/146509/ A top official says a Chronicle columnist offers a misleading view of why the fund ended its Nonprofit Marketplace Initiative.

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Mon, 12 May 2014 09:48:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Hewlett Foundation Should Be More Open About Shuttered Program]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146447/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Hewlett-Foundation-Should-Be/146447/ The history of the effort to convince donors to make more rational giving decisions suggests that the reason for ending it had more to do with the new president's priorities than the program itself.

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Thu, 08 May 2014 11:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Jewish Charities’ Lack of Tolerance Maligns All Nonprofits]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146423/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Jewish-Charities-Lack-of/146423/ The vote last week by a major coalition of Jewish organizations to exclude a moderate group from membership represented a stand against openness inappropriate for any nonprofit.

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Wed, 07 May 2014 09:34:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Top-Down, One-Issue Funding Is Not the Way to Support Social Movements]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146331/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Top-Down-One-Issue-Funding-Is/146331/ Grant makers can provide more than money, and their influence and connections can make a big difference to activists.

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Mon, 05 May 2014 07:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Brooklyn Fund Plans to Keep Providing Operating Support]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146327/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Brooklyn-Fund-Plans-to-Keep/146327/ The community foundation says it wants to make sure its grant making aligns with the borough's diverse needs.

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Mon, 05 May 2014 07:00:00 EDT