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How Philanthropy Props Up Public Services and Why We Should Care - The Nonprofit Quarterly

How Philanthropy Props Up Public Services and Why We Should Care The Nonprofit Quarterly Over the past twenty years, private donors have contributed a figure somewhere in the billions of dollars to support public services such as education, parks...
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Guess Who's Becoming a Major Grantmaker for Workforce Development? Walmart - Workforce | Labor | Grants - Inside Philanthropy

Guess Who's Becoming a Major Grantmaker for Workforce Development? Walmart - Workforce | Labor | Grants - Inside Philanthropy | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Amid all the attention around Walmart's pledge to raise its minimum wage to $9 in April and $10 ne...
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Schnatter, Koch foundations make multimillion-dollar gift to U of L - Louisville Business First

Schnatter, Koch foundations make multimillion-dollar gift to U of L - Louisville Business First | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
The money will be used to hire professors and staff and to operate a center dedicated to the study of free enterprise.
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Going to the dark side....

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Next generation of donors give time, skills as well as money - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

Next generation of donors give time, skills as well as money - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Next generation of donors give time, skills as well as money
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
CEDAR RAPIDS — For Chris Demmer, joining the Cedar Rapids Jaycees had a lot of benefits.
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Group says nonprofits should act more like businesses - Boston Globe

Group says nonprofits should act more like businesses - Boston Globe | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
It’s conventional wisdom in the world of charitable giving: good nonprofits spend as little as possible on overhead. Donor dollars, the thinking goes, are best spent on a nonprofit’s charitable mission, not on administration and fundraising.
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The climate is changing on judging a nonprofit's effectiveness by how little it spends on its own operations. Here's an alternative view arguing for what it costs to really do what a nonprofit promises to deliver. 

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Foundation Giving Hits Record at $54.7 Billion (US)

Foundation Giving Hits Record at $54.7 Billion (US) | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
November 10 2014 - Foundations paid out an estimated record $54.7 billion in 2013, an increase of $2.7 billion compared to 2012’s record $52 billion. That’s according to a report, “Key Facts on U.S...
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Council on Foundations Fights Tax Changes and High-Profile Criticism - The Nonprofit Quarterly

Council on Foundations Fights Tax Changes and High-Profile Criticism - The Nonprofit Quarterly | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
After answering criticism highlighted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Council gears up for a fight over how quickly donor-advised funds are spent.
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Escalating expenditure requirements for donor advised funds in proposed legislation would change the business model for community foundations substantially. 

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Detroit bankruptcy presented a "once in a lifetime" opportunity for foundations - Michigan Radio

Detroit bankruptcy presented a "once in a lifetime" opportunity for foundations - Michigan Radio | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
It’s hard not be awed by the scale and detail in Diego Rivera’s Depression-era “Detroit industry” murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts, but these scenes
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A philanthropy bail-out saves a city's art and the deeper pain of retirees facing pension cuts

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Local Foundations Can Make A Difference In Reinventing Schools - StateImpact Ohio

Local Foundations Can Make A Difference In Reinventing Schools - StateImpact Ohio | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Locally-focused philanthropic foundations can take a more significant role in turning around poor performing urban schools - that's the message offered up by two organizations that set out to do just that in Cleveland.
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The Mayor of West Palm Beach should take note.

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Freakonomics » Why Ranking Charities by Administrative Expenses is a Bad Idea

Freakonomics » Why Ranking Charities by Administrative Expenses is a Bad Idea | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
The folly of judging a #charity on admin costs: new(ish) GRAPHS from @deankarlan: http://t.co/DHWfPKpflL #philanthropy #giving #impact
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The Surefire Way To Gauge Donor Happiness - Business 2 Community

The Surefire Way To Gauge Donor Happiness - Business 2 Community | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
You know what a newsletter is really great for? Measuring your donors’ true mood! Not trying to raise money with your newsletter? Think again: it’s a “donor happiness meter.” How do you know …
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Fifty foundations pledge to divest from fossil fuels - San Jose Mercury News

Fifty foundations pledge to divest from fossil fuels - San Jose Mercury News | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
The Australian Financial Review Fifty foundations pledge to divest from fossil fuels San Jose Mercury News Organizers of the growing movement to persuade investors to divest from fossil fuels will announce a major milestone Monday, when more than...
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Have You Heard? 183 Foundations Have Joined Philanthropy’s Promise

Have You Heard? 183 Foundations Have Joined Philanthropy’s Promise | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
By Christine Reeves, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, celebrates many of the country’s most innovative and influential grantmaking...
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Foundations for whom community leadership is core to their mission.

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Fractured Atlas Blog : 5 Tips for Reading a Foundation’s 990

Turn the tables, review your grantmaker's 990 before applying for a grant. #fundraising #artsfunding http://t.co/4gUnkz2xqr
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Excellent piece on doing your nonprofit homework when targeting foundation sources.

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5 Fundamentals Foundations May Overlook

5 Fundamentals Foundations May Overlook | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
By Lauren Kotkin, Exponent Philanthropy Foundation trustees gathered last month for our daylong Foundations 101 Seminar, co-hosted by Southeastern Council of Foundations and led by colleague Mary Phillips of GMA Foundations, an Exponent...
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Board members effective in performing their role of due diligence do their homework. 

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PE, VC Returns for Endowments, Foundations Rebounded in 2014 - Wall Street Journal (blog)

PE, VC Returns for Endowments, Foundations Rebounded in 2014 - Wall Street Journal (blog) | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Higher education endowments and foundations saw a rebound in the returns from private equity for the fiscal year ended June 30, but a strong exit environment in 2014 proved a double-edged sword.
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Study: Retaining Donors through and after Recession Most Difficult for Small Nonprofits

Study: Retaining Donors through and after Recession Most Difficult for Small Nonprofits | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
The recession’s powerful effect on donor retention led to a slower giving recovery for smaller organizations.
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This won't be news to the execs of most small nonprofits but here it is.

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Surdna, Kresge Foundations Support 'Creative Placemaking' Projects

Surdna, Kresge Foundations Support 'Creative Placemaking' Projects | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Seven community lenders will receive grants ranging from $100,000 to $200,000 to integrate arts, culture, and creativity into their community revitalization work....

Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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A great opportunity for a collaborative effort from foundations experienced in supporting community development initiatives.

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Detroit Exits Bankruptcy—What's Next for this City's Nonprofits and Foundations? - The Nonprofit Quarterly

Detroit Exits Bankruptcy—What's Next for this City's Nonprofits and Foundations? - The Nonprofit Quarterly | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Now that Detroit has “emerged” from bankruptcy with a deal with creditors, what now? For nonprofits and foundations, the challenges have not abated.
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Is $2.5 Million for New Offices for a Grantmaker Group a Sign of Bloat in the Sector? - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy

Is $2.5 Million for New Offices for a Grantmaker Group a Sign of Bloat in the Sector? - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Philanthropy New York, one of the premier regional associations of grantmakers, is hitting up its ...
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The "Golden Rule" goes one deeper....how much is philanthropy networking really worth? 

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Philanthropy makes the world go round - Tallahassee.com

Philanthropy makes the world go round - Tallahassee.com | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
National Philanthropy Day ® (NPD) will be celebrating 28 years in recognizing the great contributions of the non-profit community and the profound impact that philanthropy has on our society.
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Fundraising Campaign Ends For 'Ebola Free' Nurse, Donors Encouraged To ... - Forbes

Fundraising Campaign Ends For 'Ebola Free' Nurse, Donors Encouraged To ... - Forbes | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Nina Pham, the nurse who contracted Ebola while taking care of Thomas Eric Duncan, has been declared free of the virus. The fundraising campaign for her has now wrapped and donors are encouraged to put their dollars towards Ebola charities.
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Doing the right thing...the rest of the story.

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Beyond Money: A Look at Giving: Is Your Nonprofit Board Old, Stale and Stubborn? Are They Living in the Past?

Beyond Money: A Look at Giving: Is Your Nonprofit Board Old, Stale and Stubborn? Are They Living in the Past? | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Is Your Nonprofit Board Old, Stale and Stubborn? http://t.co/dZt2gcWGh2 @BoardSource @philanthropy #leadership #nonprofits #NextGen #boards
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Do you know the signs of governance in trouble? Benign neglect only digs the hole deeper/ 

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What Nonprofits Should Know About Next Generation Fundraisers

What Nonprofits Should Know About Next Generation Fundraisers | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
According to a non-profit study, The Next Generation of American Giving, the majority of fundraising efforts are targeted at older donors, but this segment of the population is quickly shrinking. I...
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Demographics will change how future donors give.

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Millennial Donors Likely to Favor Social and Environmental Causes

Millennial Donors Likely to Favor Social and Environmental Causes | The Charitable Sector | Scoop.it
Financial advisers hoping to win the business of millennials set to inherit tens of trillions of dollars over the next several decades should master the language of philanthropy, The Wall Street Journal writes.
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A business move that could displace the role of nonprofits and community foundations as the go-to-place for options for giving. 

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