December 14, 2011

One Part Joy, One Part Challenge, All Family Foundation CEO

RE: Philanthropy

Katherine Lorenz
12/13/11

I am seven months into one of the most exciting opportunities of my life, which is also one of the greatest challenges of my life. Earlier this year, I became president of my family’s foundation, the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation. My 92-year-old grandfather is still very much in charge, and I have the unique challenge of working with him and the rest of our (very large!) family to create a lasting legacy.
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Living with the Gates Foundation: The Debate Continues

Alliance Magazine

By Tim Ogden
12/13/11

Describing the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as the world’s largest foundation is accurate but a substantial understatement. Its annual giving is more than six times larger than its closest ‘peer’. There are fewer than 100 US foundations that give more than $50 million annually. The Gates Foundation gives $50 million per week.
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The Voice from Outside: Stakeholder Resistance in Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit Quarterly

By Sean Buchanan and Patricia Bradshaw
12/13/11

A board-approved merger between two nonprofits is quashed due to pressure from donors. Two Girl Scouts mobilize opposition to the use of palm oil in Girl Scout cookies and get the nonprofit to change the recipe. A recreation center on the verge of closure is prevented from doing so by the work of community members. A labor dispute between musicians and management in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra leads to the creation of an advocacy group that becomes a powerful voice in the negotiation process. These examples highlight an emerging phenomenon that is gaining momentum worldwide—that of what we are calling “stakeholder resistance,” but what some executive directors may experience as “stakeholder rebellion.”
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Jeff Gordon’s Philanthropy Reaches New Heights

Scene Daily

By Kris Johnson
12/13/11

In 2011, the ever-expanding scope of Jeff Gordon’s philanthropic endeavors reached over international borders and other boundaries of age and race. Whether it was his work in Africa with the Clinton Global Initiative, representing AARP’s Drive to End Hunger among senior citizens in the U.S., or continuing to lead the fight against pediatric cancer through his eponymous children’s foundation, Gordon has become the model for NASCAR philanthropy and an example for others to follow.
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Why Philanthropy Feels Good and Makes Business Sense

The Royal Gazette

By Lois Wilson
12/13/11

We give from the heart and we give because it makes us feel good. In fact medical tests have shown that giving gives us the same gratification as food or sex, which is particularly good news for those of us constantly dieting! A philanthropist is anyone who gives time, money, experience or skills to create a better world. The word itself derives from the Greek philanthropus: which translates as “love of humankind”. Billions of dollars are spent on philanthropy and the way they are being spent is changing rapidly, says Katherine Fulton, president of the Monitor Group, who works with today’s most imaginative entrepreneurial businesses. “The new future of philanthropy is one where collaboration and innovation allow regular people to do big things, even when money is scarce,” she believes. The great news is we don’t have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffett, we are all philanthropists and without us, they wouldn’t be able to do what they do.
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