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Category: Philanthropy Ideas

Why Speak Ill of Charity?

It’s sad. There are too many people who speak ill of charities. Some making sweeping accusations or conclusions without any real evidence or understanding. Some prefer to focus on the mistakes charities make (and of course they make some) rather than the good they deliver, There are some who think the continuation of social problems means charities have failed because not everyone is housed, or healthy, or free of violence. Imagine saying to a heart surgeon she is a failure because for every life she saves, others die from heart disease… Read more Why Speak Ill of Charity?

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Heretical Propositions: Toward Democratic Philanthropy (Part One)

 This is the first installment of a series from a long essay I am writing about philanthropy or more specifically about the need for a major, if not radical shift, toward democratic philanthropy. The essay will be included in a book of exposition and criticism I am writing, currently entitled “Heretical Propositions.” Money can mean a lot of things for those who have it. It can feed us, open doors, and keep us safe and warm. For those who have a lot of it — we call that “wealth” — it also provides influence… Read more Heretical Propositions: Toward Democratic Philanthropy (Part One)

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WHAT’S NEXT for PHILANTHROPY

Taken from WHAT’S NEXT for PHILANTHROPY, Monitor Institute Download Report “As innovation theorist Bhaskar Chakrovorti explains in The Slow Pace of Fast Change, ‘The players in various networked markets appear to be prisoners of their own individualism. The problem is that the decisions that make sense at the individual or institutional level are not necessarily the best choices when viewed in the aggregate.’ “The result in philanthropy is a system with no natural mechanism for coordinating effort, for learning, for sharing knowledge about what does and doesn’t work, or for… Read more WHAT’S NEXT for PHILANTHROPY

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Current Issue of The Philanthropist

Here are the current offerings from this important journal, featuring articles by Edmontonians Martin Garber-Conrad (Edmonton Community Foundation) and Bob Wyatt (Muttart Foundation) as well other excellent food for thought pieces.  Visit and bookmark http://www.thephilanthropist.ca and check out their past issues. Articles Overview from Canada: Modernising Charity Law Abstract PDF Bob Wyatt   “Oil and Water or the Perfect Margarita?” Where is the “Social” in the “Social Economy?” Abstract PDF Michael Edwards   Learning, Development, and Money: Lessons from Bangladesh Abstract PDF Ian Smillie   “A Crisis is a Terrible Thing… Read more Current Issue of The Philanthropist

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Saving Philanthropy

From tacticalphilanthropy.com:  A documentary film called Saving Philanthropy is currently under production. The subtitle is “Moving from charity to social investing before it’s too late.”…“Saving Philanthropy is a documentary film exploring the issues confronting effective philanthropic giving, specifically those involving the funding of direct service organizations. The film contends that direct service organizations must be funded based on their performance and that this performance must be clearly tracked and demonstrated.  “Performance Management” then, is the backbone of effective social investing (philanthropy).” One of the tenets of the film is: ìs… Read more Saving Philanthropy

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Looking into the future

No one has a crystal ball that can predict definitively what the future will look like but there is a fair amount of forecasting that can be done that is based on demography. We know that the birthrate can help planners understand what the demand for schools and teachers will be in the future. It’s really a matter of math plus factoring in aging infrastructure that can help determine just how many schools will need to be built or phased out in the future. Demographic projections are fairly reliable, especially with… Read more Looking into the future

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Snapshot: Alberta’s NonProfit/Voluntary Sector

If you are interested in Alberta’s NonProfit/Voluntary Sector Initiative, please take a look at the ANVSI webpages at Alberta Culture and Community Spirit. Click HERE. Below are some statistics about the sector, which tell a significant story of the impact of what is often called “the third sector.” The Alberta Nonprofit / Voluntary Sector… • Includes 19,000 charities and nonprofit organizations including community associations, recreational sports groups, cultural, health and social service organizations; • Employs 176,000 Albertans; • 2.5 million volunteers contribute 449 million hours to community service; • Over… Read more Snapshot: Alberta’s NonProfit/Voluntary Sector

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