Category Archives: Individual Giving

Philanthropedia Sources Expert Knowledge

This is a guest post by Erinn Andrews, COO of Philanthropedia, which I blogged about in October. You can find my write up on their efforts here. Providing donors with better information—actionable and scalable—all in one place By Erinn Andrews Clearly, people care. If we look at charitable contributions in 2008, we see that individuals […]

The Art of Giving: What is Your Legacy?

I think the vibrant response from the Tactical Philanthropy community to Wednesday’s guest post from Charles Bronfman and Jeffrey Solomon caught them a little off guard. In a comment following up on 30+ reader comments, Jeff wrote “Wow! Got off a plane after midnight to discover this fascinating conversation.” The plan today was to run […]

The Art of Giving: Getting Started

Today I’d like to present a condensed excerpt from the first chapter of The Art of Giving: Where the Soul Meets the Business Plan, the new book by Charles Bronfman and Jeffrey Solomon. Yesterday, Mr. Bronfman and Mr. Solomon offered a guest post that stimulated 25+ comments. On Friday, they will offer a set of […]

Purpose Prize: Liz & Steve Alderman

The Purpose Prize, provides five $100,000 and five $50,000 awards to social innovators over 60 in encore careers. Encore careers combine personal fulfillment, social impact and continued income, enabling people to put their passion to work for the greater good. It is the nation’s only large-scale investment in social innovators in the second half of […]

Philanthropy 2.0

Lots of people have used the terms “Philanthropy 2.0”, “New Donors” or other phrases that suggest that something has fundamentally changed about the field of philanthropy. The subtitle of this blog is “chronicling the second great wave of philanthropy,” which also implies that something new is replacing an older approach (I described the second great […]

Why Would You Give Money to Bill Gates?

In June I wrote a post about Olivia, a 7-year-old girl who had given $35 to the Gates Foundation. Last year, the Gates Foundation received $10.4 million in gifts from donors like Olivia. In the post, I pointed to these unusual gifts as evidence that individual donors are focusing more and more on the impact […]

Social Venture Partners Conference: A Best Kept Secret?

Most philanthropy conferences target professional grantmakers. Even events like SoCap, which attracts a diverse group of people, mostly brings in people whose job intersects with philanthropy and social investing. But there’s not too many conferences that cater to major donors. But there is one. Unfortunately, most people think they can’t attend. This conference is the […]

Philanthropy In/Sight: Mapping Foundations

Wow. The Foundation Center has just rolled out one of the coolest philanthropy products I’ve ever seen. Their new Philanthropy In/Sight is a Google Map powered program that let’s you map foundations and their grantees. At first glance this doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. Until you see the detail with which the […]

Guest Post: Next Generation Philanthropy

This is a guest post from Katherine Lorenz of The Institute for Philanthropy. Katherine is the organization’s US Representative in the Institute’s New York offices, which is based in London. By Katherine Lorenz What is it that gets you out of bed in the morning? For most people, it’s a job, a means to an […]

Would You Donate to the Gates Foundation?

Yesterday the Chronicle of Philanthropy reported that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation received $10.4 million in unsolicited donations. This isn’t suppose to happen. Donors give money to charities or they put their money into their own foundation. They don’t give their money to other people’s private foundations. But of course the Gates Foundation is […]