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Increasing Attention to the Decline in Household Giving to Nonprofits
Increasing Attention to the Decline in Household Giving to Nonprofits
The number of U.S. households giving financially to charity dropped below 50% for the first time in 2018. The decrease has raised alarm bells across the sector and is prompting efforts to understand and reverse the trend.
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Supporting Health Equity in Michigan Communities
Supporting Health Equity in Michigan Communities
Groundwork's Melanie Wong shares how her organization is using data from a new Johnson Center report to inform their work toward greater health equity and opportunity in Michigan communities.
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Philanthropy’s Role in Transitioning Our Inequitable Economy
Philanthropy’s Role in Transitioning Our Inequitable Economy
Ahead of the 2022 EconCon Presents conference, Research Associate Trish Abalo reflects on her experience attending EconCon 2021, a conference focused on building an economy that works for everyone.
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Philanthropy 1992–2022: Research and Teaching Capacity Grew... But Not to the Level of Our Ambitions
Philanthropy 1992–2022: Research and Teaching Capacity Grew... But Not to the Level of Our Ambitions
As part of the Johnson Center's 30th anniversary, Michael Moody reflects on what philanthropy looked like 30 years ago and highlights the remarkable transformation and growth of the sector since 1992. (Part 4 of 4)
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Philanthropy 1992–2022: Shifts in the Sector Reflected National Events and Cultural Change
Philanthropy 1992–2022: Shifts in the Sector Reflected National Events and Cultural Change
As part of the Johnson Center's 30th anniversary, Michael Moody reflects on what philanthropy looked like 30 years ago and highlights the remarkable transformation and growth of the sector since 1992. (Part 3 of 4)
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Philanthropy 1992–2022: Budgets Swelled and Certain Nonprofit Types Flourished
Philanthropy 1992–2022: Budgets Swelled and Certain Nonprofit Types Flourished
As part of the Johnson Center's 30th anniversary, Michael Moody reflects on what philanthropy looked like 30 years ago and highlights the remarkable transformation and growth of the sector since 1992. (Part 2 of 4)
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Philanthropy 1992–2022: Giving Changed — How Much, Where To, and Who From
Philanthropy 1992–2022: Giving Changed — How Much, Where To, and Who From
As part of the Johnson Center's 30th anniversary, Michael Moody reflects on what philanthropy looked like 30 years ago and highlights the remarkable transformation and growth of the sector since 1992. (Part 1 of 4)
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Slow Train Coming: Taking Time for Community-Driven Systems Change
Slow Train Coming: Taking Time for Community-Driven Systems Change
A new generation of funders is radically challenging how the sector defines and achieves its goals — arguing that shifting power to communities is both more ethical and effective for long-term impact.
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Nonprofits Are Questioning Their Use of Facebook
Nonprofits Are Questioning Their Use of Facebook
As we learn more about how Facebook is causing harm to civil society, nonprofit organizations are starting to ask themselves a difficult question: should we stop using Facebook?
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Philanthropy and the Sharing Economy: Research Questions for the Nonprofit Sector
Philanthropy and the Sharing Economy: Research Questions for the Nonprofit Sector
Dr. Sedat Yuksel examines the on-demand/sharing economy and how sharing behaviors might influence philanthropic giving.
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