What Does Your Community’s Social Economy Look Like?

What if you convened a group as diverse as codefest winners, giving circle donors, librarians, start-up leaders, and fundraisers? And what if you asked them to describe all the ways they spend time and money for the public good?  We did just that in Pittsburgh a couple weeks ago. The Philanthropy Forum at GSPIA and [...]

The one where the philanthropy data geeks got it wrong

I guess you have to commend philanthropy’s paper of record - the Chronicle of Philanthropy - for trying to make fundraising data exciting with its January 17 article, Group Estimates Philanthropy Rose 13% in 2013, Clashing With ‘Giving USA’. The article pitted estimates of charitable giving from the relatively new Atlas of Giving against the [...]

Philanthropic Disruption News

Foundation Center President Brad Smith had a great post last week, The Brave New World of Good. In it, he poses thoughtful questions about newer models of achieving social good that are complementing, some believe disrupting or even replacing, traditional philanthropies and nonprofits. These include open data, private markets, hackathons, innovation practices, impact investing, and transparency practices. [...]

Connecting Family Philanthropy With Social Giving

A couple months ago, PhilanthroGeek founder Nathaniel James, ioby co-founder Erin Barnes, and I set out on a small adventure to answer two questions: How do we describe the new trends in social giving to the family philanthropy world? What do family foundations make of the opportunities and challenges in these trends? I’m describing some results of our adventure in this [...]