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From the Council on Foundations: Philanthropy and Freedom of Speech

The challenge for foundations promoting or protecting free speech is in balancing freedom of expression on issues that some hold as mere (if profound) disagreement but others see as existentially fundamental.
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I like the summary of the discussion of the panel, but I would have liked some examples of how different foundations are supporting free speech work in the field. That said, give it a read for an interesting point on finding opportunities for collaboration over fault lines between peers.

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Philanthropy and the Health of the Internet | Council on Foundations

Philanthropy and the Health of the Internet | Council on Foundations | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
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Great content coming out of the COF annual meeting. I think the first proposed approach is probably the most effective, and the most likely to not find support through other means.

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Wall Street's Charitable Gold Rush - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy

Wall Street's Charitable Gold Rush - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
The unbridled growth of donor-advised funds (DAFs) is the biggest story in philanthropy. Some s...
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A strong critique of DAFs misses the point of endowed funds by recommending a legal requirement to spend assets down.

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Foundations play major role in quality of life for area - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Foundations play major role in quality of life for area - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
Chester “Chet” Dekko’s memory is a constant presence at the foundation he formed.
You’ll find his history on reports ...
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This piece has some interesting facts on the recovery of endowments and grantmaking of Indiana foundations, including the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and the Dekko Foundation.

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Community Foundation Atlas - Global Impact

Community Foundation Atlas - Global Impact | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
The Community Foundation Atlas has marshaled an important baseline of information about the world’s community foundations. With organizations in 68 countries profiled, a clearer picture of community philanthropy has emerged.
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I could play with this all day!

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What Ails Rural Philanthropy and What Must Be Done - The Nonprofit Quarterly

What Ails Rural Philanthropy and What Must Be Done - The Nonprofit Quarterly | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
Rural areas lag behind metro counties in their recovery from the depths of the recession, and the gap continues to grow. Where is philanthropy?
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A long one, but good'n. A must-read for folks working in rural areas.

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Marc Benioff's Philanthropic Mission: San Francisco

Marc Benioff's Philanthropic Mission: San Francisco | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
The Salesforce.com CEO is pushing his fellow tech billionaires into giving back to the city
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SalesForce CEO Marc Benioff is an evangelist of place-based corporate philanthropy, and he has his sights set on San Francisco. This is an extended profile. Figure 15 minutes to read.

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Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live

Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
More young people are moving to the very heart of cities, even in economically troubled places like Buffalo and Cleveland.
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Phoenix is missing out on a nationwide trend of metro areas flourishing with an influx of young graduates, despite its great outdoors and low cost of living.

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Donors to Gay Causes Consider Their Next Steps

Donors to Gay Causes Consider Their Next Steps | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
After a spate of legal victories on same-sex marriage, the next challenge could be employment discrimination, bullying and homelessness among gays, or many issues at once.
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Looking for a unifying issue following marriage quality victories, the LGBTQ funding community looks to conservative regions, the world at large, and beyond the silo.

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Is The MSW The New MBA?

Is The MSW The New MBA? | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
Recent corporate failures demonstrate the need for the very skills that social workers bring. Now a few schools are recognizing this and offering...
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Animal Foundation pursuing new strategy to avoid euthanasia of stray cats - Las Vegas Sun

Animal Foundation pursuing new strategy to avoid euthanasia of stray cats - Las Vegas Sun | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
Animal Foundation pursuing new strategy to avoid euthanasia of stray cats Las Vegas Sun The proposal, which will need the approval of Clark County commissioners and the city councils of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, all of which contract with the...
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While the article doesn't go this direction, controlling feral cat populations is as much a means to environmental stewardship as animal welfare. Feral cats can destroy local bird populations and compete with native wildlife for habitats.

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Foundations help make sure students have clear view of the board - Dallas Morning News

Foundations help make sure students have clear view of the board - Dallas Morning News | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
Dallas Morning News Foundations help make sure students have clear view of the board Dallas Morning News In recent years, the club's local Lions Sight & Tissue Foundation has set up a mobile clinic that goes directly to schools to help with...
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Pursuing philanthropy with a narrow focus can seem like it would only make a small difference, but in Texas that narrow focus is helping tens of thousands of students see the board and achieve in the classroom starting at an early age.

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Focus on Ferguson, but with the right tools

Focus on Ferguson, but with the right tools | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) Ferguson Shooting, Not Ice-Bucket Craze, Demands Philanthropy's Focus Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) Granted, the ice-bucket challenge sits firmly in philanthropy's wheelhouse—raising money for a...
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Philanthropic entities might not be able to support projects that directly benefit the people of Ferguson, but they can support projects that lend visibility and analysis to race relations in America's past and present.

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#Telling a Fair and Balanced Story | Council on Foundations

#Telling a Fair and Balanced Story | Council on Foundations | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
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This article does a good job of detailing programs that are working to bring new narratives of marginalized groups to the mainstream media. It's a good, inspirational brainstorm piece.

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A Vital Pipeline: How Donor-Advised Funds Engage New Donors and Boost Communities - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy

A Vital Pipeline: How Donor-Advised Funds Engage New Donors and Boost Communities - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: As the debate over donor-advised funds heats up, we're keen to air all sides at Ins...
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A brief but compelling response to Alan Cantor's column in Inside Philanthropy, Council on Foundations President & CEO, points out that DAFs are a long-term investment that engage citizens not only as donors but also as community leaders.

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More Tech Entrepreneurs Inclined to Give Now Instead of Waiting - Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription)

More Tech Entrepreneurs Inclined to Give Now Instead of Waiting - Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
But even as tech leaders increase their giving, some worry that too little is going to deal with problems in the Bay Area.
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What is a Community Foundation? - YouTube

Embolden's animation provides a quick overview of a community foundation from a donor's perspective. http://www.embolden.com
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I've loved seeing how Embolden has thrived by serving and amazing community foundations in web development. Way to run to your strengths!

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Rebuilding Symphony Size by Endowing Musician “Chairs”

Rebuilding Symphony Size by Endowing Musician “Chairs” | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
The embattled Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is looking to endow 11 chairs in the orchestra at between $2 million and $2.5 million each.
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Endowing musician "chairs" ensures that gifts support the musicians, insulating them from paycuts when budgets get tight. Interestingly, this cuts directly against many donors' hesitance to see their funds used for staffing capacity. 

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What Linkin Park Teaches Us About Corporate Social Responsibility

What Linkin Park Teaches Us About Corporate Social Responsibility | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
If you’re early to a concert by Linkin Park, which one publication recently declared “The Biggest Rock Band on the Planet,” you’ll have many opportunities to make the world a better place.
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Philanthropy's Power Gap: Nonprofits Ain't Too Proud To Beg (Though Maybe ... - Forbes

Philanthropy's Power Gap: Nonprofits Ain't Too Proud To Beg (Though Maybe ... - Forbes | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
This is the Yuletide story of two social sector managers.
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Social Programs That Work

Social Programs That Work | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
Rigorous evidence should inform spending. Until lately, it hasn’t.
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Where do non-government funders fall in this conversation? Should private and community foundations be more risk-tolerant in funding social programs?

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Rockefellers to divest fossil fuels

Rockefellers to divest fossil fuels | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
The Rockefeller family, which made its fortune from oil, is to sell its investments in fossil fuels and put money into clean energy.
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This is huge news for the divestment movement. A coalition representing $50 billion in assets have pledged to divest themselves of fossil fuels and invest instead in renewable energy development.

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The XPrize Foundation announces $15-million open-source literacy prize | ZDNet

The XPrize Foundation announces $15-million open-source literacy prize | ZDNet | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
The XPrize Foundation, best known for its spaceflight challenges, has announced an earthly focus: Creating an open-source application that can teach a child to read, write, and perform arithmetic without a teacher.
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Philanthropy, TED-Style: How RWJF is Looking for More Intellectual Juice - Inside Philanthropy

Philanthropy, TED-Style: How RWJF is Looking for More Intellectual Juice - Inside Philanthropy | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
Philanthropy, TED-Style: How RWJF is Looking for More Intellectual Juice
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Kicking around novel and even crazy-sounding ideas is important for any funder looking to solve big problems.
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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has added an array of TED-style talks to their organizational learning program. They're not trying to reach project outcomes yet, but the hope is that "stirring things up" will lead there eventually.

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Is volunteering the new giving?

Is volunteering the new giving? | Philanthropy Topics | Scoop.it
Organisations need to cultivate relationships with new donors who are prepared to give differently, argues Mei Cobb (RT @VolunteeringVic: Interview with @MeiCobb - Is volunteering the new giving?
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If you knew volunteers were more likely to donate than non-volunteers, how would you change your donor engagement strategy?

 

Spoiler alert: volunteers totally donate more than non-volunteers.

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