Philanthropy in all of its Humanness

The only bond worth anything between human beings is their humanness. – Jesse Owens The April 2015 issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy provided an interesting study in contrasting approaches to giving and fundraising. The Chronicle covered the release of ethicist Peter Singer’s new book The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is [...]

Are Your Trustees Satisfied?

I’m always interested in why donors choose different means of formalizing their giving and the ever-expanding set of options they have to do so. Because of that, I read the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s recent report What Donors Value: How Community Foundations Can Increase Donor Satisfaction, Referrals, and Future Givingand related blog posts. In a [...]

Those Darned DAFs

Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs) sure seemed prevalent in the press over the holidays.The National Philanthropic Trust’s recent report on DAFs showed that, compared to 2011, in 2012: contributions to DAFs grew 34.6%, assets grew 18.9%, and grantmaking grew 6.7%. The growth in grantmaking exceeded the growth in grantmaking by private and corporate foundations over the same [...]