Why philanthropy needs reinventing
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Eric Friedman is the author of "Reinventing Philanthropy," a provocative new book which argues that philanthropy is broken because of donors who give based on "personal whims and preferences": "This type of giving is very different from trying to make the biggest dent in the causes that are most effective at helping others."
Milton Rhodes, retiring president and CEO of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County disagrees, noting that "the arts enrich our lives every day, enhance our children’s education, create jobs, generate tax revenue to fund essential services and help corporations and businesses attract and retain the creative employees needed for a 21st-century knowledge-based economy."
Foundation Source report presents findings about the 98% “super-majority” of U.S. private foundations in 2012
Foundation Source reports shows that increased grantmaking, strong investment returns, and contributions from living donors create a ‘new narrative’ about private foundation behavior.
Snap Poll: Increases in tax rates will not greatly affect charitable giving
A recent PJ Snap Poll asked readers how increases in the 2013 payroll deduction and the highest marginal income tax rates will impact their charitable giving this year. Overall, the answer for three-fourths of the 248 people who responded is – not at all. Other research helps explain why.
Research studies suggest ways to E.A.R.N. donations
Why do people give to charities? Although individual donors are unique and their perceptions of different charities are far from uniform, research has confirmed some common factors that increase the odds of getting donations.
Giving stumbles in 2008
Charitable giving by Americans dropped to $307.65 billion last year, a new report says, and 2009 could be another down year.
Targeting gifts through a family foundation
Before you embark on the journey to create a family foundation, you have to decide exactly what you want your foundation to achieve.
Alabama funders’ giving trails asset growth
While the assets of Alabama foundations grew nearly 40 percent between 2001 and 2006, their grants grew only 13.2 percent, a new study says.
Generations seen as equally generous
Counter to what many believe, younger people are just about as generous as older people, although their motivations for giving may differ, a new report says.
Americans give in every season
Over 61 million U.S. residents volunteered a total of nearly 3.2 billion hours in 2006, keeping our society functioning year-round.
Foundation giving grows despite weak economy
Grantmaking foundations in the U.S. gave $42.9 billion last year, up 10 percent in the face of a slowing economy, a new report says.