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New technology helps you get choosey with charities

More than any other innovation, the digital revolution has had the most influence on helping donors choose the causes they want to support. On the one hand, charities have more free and low-cost digital media options to market themselves and spread the word about the great work they are doing beyond their immediate network. On…

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A flourishing donor-advised fund

Part of a Philanthropy A-Z series Often thought of as  charitable giving bank accounts, donor-advised funds allow philanthropists to channel resources through their local community foundation, financial institution, or identity-based giving program like CAAP to causes that matter most to them. A donor-advised fund requires care and cultivation to flourish – just like any garden…

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Psychology of personal philanthropy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCcFFDoYPk0 Psychology of personal philanthropy The more that you understand about your donor’s motivations, the more effective you will become at inspiring their generosity. A great example comes from the above video, which cites this study by Paul Slovic. He researches decision-making at the University of Oregon. Slovic’s research finds that it is difficult for…

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Alighting a philanthropic flame in the Arab World

If you’ve been paying attention to the news over the past couple years, chances are you’ve noticed that 2011/2012 have been momentous years for institution-building in the Middle East. But what role does philanthropy play amidst the tumult of the Arab Spring? Both Alliance and Effect philanthropy magazines, among others, have recently attempted to answer…

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Travel philanthropy series – Voluntourism in Jordan

When you volunteer abroad, you have the opportunity to experience a new place, and to create a positive impact for people and the planet. As people who regularly travel while offering their time for local causes, “voluntourists” understand the reward that comes from sharing their talent and resources for the benefit of others. Habitat for…

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Seven steps to greater foundation impact

Part of our CAAPtivating Reads series by Katherine Hanway, CAAP Donor Services and Program Officer Philanthropy positively impacts individuals, communities, even the world. In their book Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know, David Bornstein and Susan Davis argue that philanthropy is successful because “compared to policy makers and business investors, philanthropists [individuals and foundations]…

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Diverse American funders attract international attention

Thanks largely to the attention of large philanthropic organizations (W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors), identity-based funds are becoming better recognized worldwide as an efficacious form of strategic giving. The latest issue of Philanthropy UK Magazine acknowledges the fact that mainstream philanthropy in Great Britain is not representative of the populations it serves. While…

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A year of youth philanthropy: TGI in photos

What an exciting year it’s been for members of our Teen Grantmaking Initiative (TGI)! Since September 2011 the youth philanthropy group has learned about all aspects of the grantmaking process, including conducting a community needs assessment and writing a Request for Proposals, reviewing grant requests, and conducting site visits. The youth announced their grants at…

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Sports philanthropy and the 2012 London Olympic Games

The philanthropic legacy of the Olympics is both obvious (such as the Special Olympics that provide sports training for people with intellectual disabilities) and not immediately apparent. Fundamentally, the Olympics serve to inspire people around the world to play competitive sports and strive for excellence in our lives – as well as inspire loyalty to…

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Your survival is in your storytelling

The truth is in the telling: stories will outlast careers, good deeds, memorable events, and even programs. Long after your tenure at your workplace, long after the gifts you give, and perhaps long after your organization fulfills its mission, people will tell stories of your good deeds. That is, they might tell your story –…

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