Author Archives: Sean Stannard-Stockton

Philanthropy Daily Digest 10/08/2011

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation reviewed by Bill Gates I’ve written about the book Where Good Ideas Come From and the implications for philanthropy. The author, Steven Johnson, spoke earlier this year at New Profit’s annual meeting about his book and the social sector connections. Now Bill Gates has written [...]

Philanthropy Daily Digest 10/06/2011

The Limits of David Brooks’ “Limits of Empathy” | Greater Good New York Times columnist David Brooks recently wrote a provocative article about the limits of empathy that focused on how empathy doesn’t drive action, moral codes drive action. In this post, the editor of the Greater Good blog pushes back, saying that “Empathy without a moral [...]

Philanthropy Daily Digest 10/05/2011

Employment Opportunities: Manager, Philanthropedia Research Philanthropedia, which was acquired by Guidestar earlier this year, is hiring a new research manager. Cool job for the right person! tags: philanthropy Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

An Idea That Spreads: Intercontinental Ballistic Microfinance

I’ve written a number of times about the tension between logic and empathy. I think it is critical that the effective philanthropy movement recognize that while data is an important input to good decision making, it can also dampen the very emotions that drive giving. That’s why I think it is critical that high performing [...]

Extended Registration for GuideStar Webinar

Last week, I posted a note about the GuideStar webinar I’m doing tomorrow, October 5. The registration response has been overwhelming and GuideStar hit their 1,300 person registration limit on the same day that I let readers know about the event. Since a number of Tactical Philanthropy readers have asked if there is a way [...]

What Metrics Don’t Tell Us About Effectiveness

This is a guest post by William Schambra, director of the Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal at the Hudson Institute. By William Schambra This year marks the 15th anniversary of federal welfare reform. Foundations were extremely active in that major policy initiative, and we can learn a great deal about what makes philanthropy [...]

Boosting the Economy Through Charitable Tax Deduction Innovation

This is a guest post by Robert Egger, the founder of DC Central Kitchen. By Robert Egger On September 10th, the DC Central Kitchen, which I founded 22 years ago, received a huge honor; the First Family came to work side by side with staff to help prepare 4,000 meals for our shared community. Truth [...]

Philanthropy Daily Digest 09/30/2011

Don’t Check Your Courage at the Door | Venture Philanthropy Partners Mario Morino riffs on the often head saying that business executives “check their brains at the door” when they join nonprofit boards and argues instead that what these business leaders really need to do is hang on to their courage. tags: philanthropy Posted from [...]

Sean Stannard-Stockton’s GuideStar Webinar

On October 5th at 2pm eastern, I’ll be leading a free webinar for GuideStar. The Second Great Wave of Philanthropy Yesterday: Andrew Carnegie. John D. Rockefeller. Andrew W. Mellon. Today: Bill Gates. Oprah Winfrey. You? Your neighbor? Today’s major donors don’t look like yesterday’s major donors. And today’s major donors don’t look at nonprofits the [...]

Philanthropy Daily Digest 09/28/2011

$100M grant from Mark Zuckerberg begins to have effect on Newark schools | NJ.com At the one year anniversary of the announcement of Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million donation to help Newark public schools, a New Jersey newspaper conducts an interim review of the results. tags: philanthropy Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links [...]