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As Religiosity Changes, Donor Engagement Needs to Adapt

As Religiosity Changes, Donor Engagement Needs to Adapt Tamela Spicer, Program Manager Some estimates suggest that the percentage of U.S. giving that goes to religious or religiously-affiliated organizations could be as much as 73 percent or more. But with Americans’ religious and spiritual habits changing, the future of this giving

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11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2019: Anticipate and Embrace What’s Next

11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2019: Anticipate and Embrace What’s Next Giving in the United States has now topped $400 billion. Countless community and national organizations are benefiting from a surge in public interest and a growing conviction that renewing our democracy will require that we work together. The entire

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The Loneliness of Leadership

The Loneliness of Leadership by Tamela Spicer, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy Being an executive director can be a lonely job. It’s an ongoing balance of leading and following. There are times when a leader needs to guide or teach their board of directors or staff how to be

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Your Organization’s Archives Could Be a Treasure Trove of Donor Intent

Your Organization’s Archives Could Be a Treasure Trove of Donor Intent by Brittany Kienker, Ph.D.  //  photo credit: Rockefeller Archive Center In considering how to best navigate modern-day institutional challenges, board members and staff may ask, “What did the founder intend for this program?” or “Is this what the donor really

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Unnatural Disasters: Can Nonprofit Governance Promote Recovery in Detroit and Flint?

Unnatural Disasters: Can Nonprofit Governance Promote Recovery in Detroit and Flint? by Davia Cox Downey Over the past two years, my research partner, Sarah Reckhow of Michigan State University and I have explored the concept of disaster, whether natural or man-made, to examine how these types of events impact collaboration

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