The New Nonprofit Leader

The new millennium has been a difficult one. A crippled global economy, threatening climate change, crumbling education and healthcare systems, and a widening income gap comprise a few of the social problems we face. But the leaders of our nonprofit sector are already so worn down by continuously being forced to do more and moreContinue reading “The New Nonprofit Leader”

Questions To Ask Before Opening a Donor-Advised Fund (DAF)

Whether you plan to open a donor-advised fund through a community foundation, national financial service institution, a public foundation or a specific charity, there are several questions you should ask before finalizing your new fund.  The questions below will not only protect your philanthropic investment, but be sure there are no miscommunications that may createContinue reading “Questions To Ask Before Opening a Donor-Advised Fund (DAF)”

Benefits of Donor-Advised Funds

Donor-advised funds (DAFs)–simply defined as funds held within, and managed by, a public charity–are fast becoming THE most popular vehicle for charitable giving in the U.S. Despite the sluggish economy, the number of DAFs in the United States actually grew by 152,365 (3%) in 2009, according to the National Philanthropic Trust's 2010 Donor-Advised Fund Report.Continue reading “Benefits of Donor-Advised Funds”

Foundations and Capacity Building

Any nonprofit executive will tell you their biggest concern is not programs, or board management, or even money; their biggest concern every day is that they will have to send someone away who is really in need of their service.  Today this fear is a reality for many nonprofit executives who have to send peopleContinue reading “Foundations and Capacity Building”

The Most Powerful Partnerships – Foundations and Nonprofit Intermediary Organizations (IO)

Partnerships have never been "popular", and certainly not common, in the nonprofit sector.  The basic premise for this is that each organization must compete for limited philanthropic dollars.  Not only is this view counter-productive, but actually a hindrance in today's new landscape of more involved and educated donors who seek out effective partnerships and collaborations thatContinue reading “The Most Powerful Partnerships – Foundations and Nonprofit Intermediary Organizations (IO)”

Who is Responsible For Advancing the Practice of Philanthropy?

No matter where I go or who I talk to about philanthropy, I very rarely (if ever) hear concern for the improvement of philanthropic approaches. The bottom line – nonprofits just don't believe they should pay as much attention to the practice of philanthropy as they should to the execution of their programs. In recent years, the GatesContinue reading “Who is Responsible For Advancing the Practice of Philanthropy?”