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Ethisch-nachhaltige Immobilieninvestments – so kann’s gehen

Cric e.V. und die Klimagut Immobilien AG möchten Investoren beim Anlegen im Real-Estate-Bereich unterstützen. Hierfür haben sie einen Leitfaden für ethisch-nachhaltige Immobilieninvestments erarbeitet, der Kriterien und Bewertungsinstrumente für die Anlage in Deutschland aufzeigt.
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Über die Evaluation gemeinnütziger Arbeit

Über die Evaluation gemeinnütziger Arbeit | Stiftungen & Philanthropy | Scoop.it
Sie wollen als Stifter und Spenderin nachvollziehen, welche Wirkung ihr gesellschaftliches Engagement hat? Sie wollen erfassen welche Maßnahmen und Methoden zur Erreichung ihrer gesetzten Ziele erfolgreich waren? „Das Gelbe vom Ei? Über die Evaluation gemeinnütziger Arbeit“ hilft ihnen die richtigen Fragen zum Thema Evaluation zu stellen. Der Leitfaden greift die Geschichte aus „Alarm im Hühnerstall“ auf und erläutert dabei das komplexe und oft hinter Fachsprache versteckte Thema Evaluation in bewährter fabel-hafter Erzählweise.
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Why philanthropy requires a professional credential

Why philanthropy requires a professional credential | Stiftungen & Philanthropy | Scoop.it
"The request is built on a simple premise. Foundation professionals and philanthropy advisors have no professional barrier to entry – other than being hired – and that is simply wrong."


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Systems Change: Big or Small?

"All of us need to work on big visions to tackle the challenges of the 21st century. But if we want to meet the full potential of a systems approach, we need to de-couple the notion of systems change from a specific level of ambition—and in particular from a level of ambition that is too grand to be useful in all contexts. The first step is to include targeted initiatives in our notion of systems change, both as valuable contributions in their own right and as the building blocks of our bigger visions."


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Giving from the heart

"I give from my heart – and my observation is that most other donors do the same thing. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. The challenge for nonprofits is that, in their appeals to supporters, they have to be bilingual. When responding to certain institutional funders, nonprofits need to describe their impact in clinical, unemotional ways. They speak of units of service, outcomes, intake procedures, on-boarding processes, pre-test and post-test scores, and all of that. But nonprofits need to remember that four out of every five dollars in this country are donated by individual donors. Certainly, in approaching individuals, speak to our heads and make an intellectual case for your organization. But, first and foremost, speak to our hearts."
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Towards a tipping point for impact investment

There is much to be excited about with the progress of the impact investment market. But there are still challenges to surmount. Tris Lumley talks through the who the what and the how of overcoming these barriers.
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Learning while giving: how to teach philanthropy in the classroom with

"For a small but growing number of professors, philanthropy is being taught in the classroom to students who then engage in philanthropy. In 2013 and 2015, we co-taught a course at Middlebury College in Vermont in which our students had a sum of ‘real’ money to give away to international or local charities, supported by The Philanthropy Lab and the Learning by Giving Foundation."


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Philanthropy Needs More Moonshots

"But a growing number of these donors privately express great frustration. Despite having written big checks for years, they aren’t seeing transformative successes for society: Think of philanthropic interventions to arrest climate change or improve U.S. public education, to cite just two examples. When faced with setbacks and public criticism, the best philanthropists reexamine their goals and approaches, including how they engage the communities they aspire to help in the decision-making process. But some retreat to seemingly safer donations to universities or art museums, while others withdraw from public giving altogether."

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An extinction event for foundations?

"Perhaps the most surprising type of entity now being used for philanthropy is the for-profit limited liability company (LLC). The philanthropy LLC has been pioneered by Silicon Valley philanthropists with tech fortunes to spend; Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs, and Pierre Omidyar, co-founder of eBay, were early adopters. More recently, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, inaugurated the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative as an LLC with a mission of 'advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity.'"


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Soskis defends Jeff Bezos: Charity, not large-scale philanthropy, is the future of giving

Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos has faced criticism for his recent charitable initiatives. But in case you missed it, philanthropy scholar and commentator, Benjamin Soskis, wrote in Bezos’ defense over at the Washington Post earlier this month.
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Philanthropic Arrogance (and how to avoid it)

Philanthropic Arrogance (and how to avoid it) | Stiftungen & Philanthropy | Scoop.it
"It’s not surprising, then, that we tend to replace empathetic, field-based philanthropy with an aseptic version of strategic funding, conducted from the safety of our board rooms rather than from the trenches, where we could be interacting with real people that benefit or suffer from our funding choices. In order to succeed as philanthropists, we need to better understand and accept the views of those who are in positions of less relative power. Now, that’s not impossible, but it takes deliberate, and sometimes uncomfortable, action."
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Coutts publish 10-year anniversary Million Pound Donors Report

Coutts publish 10-year anniversary Million Pound Donors Report | Stiftungen & Philanthropy | Scoop.it
Tracking the number, size, source and destination of donations of £1 million pounds or more, the report analyses key trends in major philanthropy over the past decade, showing there has been a boom in philanthropy since the financial crisis.
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Weniger Studien und mehr Stiftungs-Fördergelder an die Basis

Als Co-Geschäftsleiter einer kleinen Jugend- und Kulturaustauschorganisation, eines gemeinnützigen Vereins, der für sein Funktionieren neben einer kleinen Finanzhilfe für die Betriebsstruktur (KJFG) vom Bundesamt für Sozialversicherung vor allem auf Beiträge und Spenden von Stiftungen und Privaten angewiesen ist, beobachte ich, wie sich gewisse grössere Förderstellen und Stiftungen von der Basis entfernen. Sie umgeben sich vermehrt mit Theoretikern, die Studien oder Initiativen in der Jugendförderung anstossen, welche von ihnen konstruiert werden und nicht wirklich auf die Bedürfnisse der Teilnehmer unserer Programme eingehen. Sekundiert werden sie oft von mit ähnlichem Personal bestückten Dachverbänden.
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Beyond the Checkbook: The Power of Transformational Giving

"Commit for the long term. The problems that currently plague society didn’t spring up overnight, and their solutions won’t either. If you truly wish to be transformational, you must be willing to commit to a targeted focus for years, if not decades, and understand that the work likely will not be accomplished during your foundation tenure. Unfortunately, this runs counter to the push for demonstrated grantmaking results within a year or two, so be clear about long-term goals and sharing regular updates on progress and adjustments along the way to reinforce the value of your philanthropic investment."
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Is philanthropy a profession? Should it be?

"When philanthropy is assessed against seven standards for what constitutes a profession, it meets only 3 of them."
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Why Philanthropy Is Not a Profession

"In my view, if the price of gaining professional status is the embracing of a strict “business accountability” stance, it is a price that is not worth paying. Philanthropy is one of the few remaining fields where one can use human judgement and taste and where one does not need either to raise money or to follow strict legal guidelines. Rather than cutting off one of its limbs, I’d prefer if philanthropy were to help other sectors generate a broader vision of the means at their disposal."
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Anteil an Stiftungsprofessuren seit Jahren nahezu unverändert

Anteil an Stiftungsprofessuren seit Jahren nahezu unverändert | Stiftungen & Philanthropy | Scoop.it
Der Anteil der Stiftungsprofessuren an deutschen Hochschulen hat sich seit dem Jahr 2010 fast nicht verändert. An staatlichen Hochschulen sind 1,3 Prozent der Professuren von Unternehmen oder Stiftungen finanziert.
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Giving from the head?

"So long as people give from the heart and not the head, charities will have good reason to invest in emotional appeals — photos of smiling children or adorable puppies — and they will feel less pressure to work harder to make a meaningful, measurable and demonstrable difference in people’s lives."


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Kapital sucht Wirkung: Warum reiche Menschen unserer Gesellschaft gut tun (können)

Wer reich ist, kann die Gesellschaft mit seinem Vermögen besser machen. Die nächste Bundesregierung sollte das nutzen – und einen Deal mit denen schmieden, die Geld haben und helfen wollen.
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We Need More Checkbook Philanthropy

"Yes, foundations serve a broader purpose than simply giving money to nonprofits and should be clear about strategy and intended impact. But in a sector in which organizations are chronically starved for capital to support their core operations, there’s also a need for funders who just write checks."


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Philanthropy needs more small bets, less moonshots

"You can spend money ensuring that school cafeterias have enough fresh, locally grown greens to make Alice Waters or Michael Pollan ecstatic, but your money is wasted if kids won’t eat vegetables. Your experts can come up with strategies that ensure that homeless people end up in affordable apartments, but that money won’t work if people, for reasons professionals can’t understand, prefer to sleep in the street. Far better to have donors write lots of little checks rather than big ones that backfire. For every small grant a donor gives, they are likely to inspire someone to make an unexpected discovery that truly will change lives."
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DAFs & LLCs: A Philanthropic Tsunami?

DAFs & LLCs: A Philanthropic Tsunami? | Stiftungen & Philanthropy | Scoop.it
"The demand for personal control threatens the traditional structure of the philanthropic community. Money moving from annual gifts to donor-advised funds further weakens the role of organizations like the United Way, Catholic Charities, Jewish Federations, and other mainstays of the community. Their ability to play a significant role in planning and building the community they serve is weakened when they cannot allocate resources from their singular perspective. While they may manage significant resources through DAFs, they do not have the same level of influence they had when money was given as part a general campaign."


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Rise of direct cash transfers reinforces the “effectiveness” of traditional charity

While giving cash directly to strangers is an act as ancient as almsgiving, recent uses of technology by philanthropic organizations have created a new playing field.
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What if philanthropy isn’t the best way for rich people to help others?

Jeff Bezos is drawing from an older tradition of charity. He’s not the only donor heading in that direction.
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Arbeitsbedingungen und Karrierechancen von Frauen im Nonprofit-Sektor

Das Forschungsprojekt FiA will die Spezifik des NPO-Sektors in Deutschland als Arbeitgeber für Frauen näher beleuchten und gleichzeitig erklären, warum sich die starke Repräsentanz von Frauen im operativen Bereich nicht auf der oberen Leitungs- und Führungsebene der Organisationen widerspiegelt.
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