November 29, 2011

Knowledge Tools for Global Philanthropy

RE: Philanthropy

By Lisa Philp

Four years ago, when I was a philanthropic adviser at a private bank, I spoke to The New York Times for an article on global giving. In my work with wealthy families in the United States and around the world, I was seeing a growing trend of cross-border giving. Part of this was related to the globalization of businesses that generated wealth, coupled with greater exposure to widespread need. Some was a result of diaspora giving as immigrant entrepreneurs funded projects in their countries of origin. Another factor was an increasing recognition that grants of all sizes could stretch further in the developing world.
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Should Philanthropies Operate Like Businesses?

The Wall Street Journal

By Charles R. Bronfman and Jeffrey R. Solomon; Michael Edwards

It’s your money, and you’re willing to give some of it away to a worthy cause. But you want to see results. Measurable progress toward agreed-upon goals. Regular proof that your investment is achieving maximum impact. That’s the way businesses operate, and charities should be no different. That’s one way to look at it, anyway. Others argue that things work differently in the world of nonprofits and social change. Tackling some of society’s biggest problems is unlikely to produce anything like the steady, chartable path of progress that investors require. And that’s simply something donors have to live with if they want to help those most in need.
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Extend Act to Make Charitable Giving Easier

The Utica Observer-Dispatch

By Peggy O’Shea

With the approach of the holiday season, many of us welcome this as a time of good tidings and giving to those most in need. It is also a time when many people make adjustments to their investments, including Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), before the next year’s tax season. Congress now has an opportunity to make it much easier for people who want to transfer money out of their IRAs to support worthy charities, but it must act soon.
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Donations Inch Back Up After Recession Decline

USA Today

By Melanie Eversley

Charitable giving is trickling back up as the economy heals, but it could take years to return to pre-recession levels, non-profit leaders say.
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EVPA Conference Creates Roadmap for Societal Change Through Venture Philanthropy

Alliance Magazine

By Chris Page

A gathering of over 400 people marked the 7th annual meeting of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) on 16-17 November in Turin, Italy. The theme of this year’s conference, Venture Philanthropy as a Catalyst for Societal Change, drew participants from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe and included study tour representatives from the newly formed Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) in Singapore.
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