Here are the great reads that grabbed our attention this month: your top ten philanthropy resources!
Gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations reached an estimated $358.38 billion in 2014, surpassing the peak last seen before the Great Recession, the sixtieth anniversary edition of Giving USA reports.
More and more funders are focusing time and money on trying to understand what’s working and how we can improve. GEO’s 2014 national survey of staffed foundations revealed that three-quarters (76%) of grantmakers now evaluate their work, and our colleagues at the Evaluation Roundtable and Center for Effective Philanthropy have also documented increasing interest and investment in evaluation.
There’s an aphorism that’s often used by nonprofit organizations to recognize and reference long-time donors and other generous supporters: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This quote—commonly but mistakenly attributed to Winston Churchill—is even more compelling when it references young philanthropists.
Charitable giving rose 5.4 percent last year to a record $358.4 billion, according to estimates released today by "Giving USA," the annual snapshot of American philanthropy.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation is releasing a new report, Leveraging the Social Determinants of Health: What Works? Social determinants of health, which encompass social, behavioral and environmental influences on one’s health, have taken center stage in recent health policy discussions.
Independent Sector thanked Diana Aviv today for 12 years of hard and invaluable work following her decision to step down as the organization’s CEO effective October 1, 2015. The organization’s leadership thanked Aviv for her many contributions and for helping Independent Sector achieve a position of strength and for making a lasting difference to the communities and causes it serves.
A former staffer with OMB Watch and former vice president of the Alliance for Children and Families, Patrick Lester has been running his own shop, the Social Innovation Research Center, devoted to tracking and reporting on nonprofits that are engaged in social innovation or social impact work.
ver the last several years, the literature about the nonprofit sector has been filled with alarming predictions about key trends that would negatively affect the sector’s effectiveness and resiliency in the years to come. Then, the Great Recession hit and many of these predictions—the imminent departure of baby boomers, nonprofits closing or merging, and the sector crumbling—did not pan out.
Last month I visited Fenway Park for the first time, not for baseball but to visit my teammates at AGM for their annual meeting. First up was Executive Director Jeff Poulos who celebrated not just the growth and breadth of AGM’s members and the impact of their work but also their connection to the growth and strength of the regional association network across the country.