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As Religiosity Changes, Donor Engagement Needs to Adapt

by Tamela Spicer

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 could be uncertain.

You’re invited to join us April …

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Notes on Candid: The Merger of Foundation Center and GuideStar

by Teri Behrens

Congratulations to Candid — the new organization formed by the merger of the Foundation Center and GuideStar. Candid will be a powerful source of data on the sector, including both foundations and nonprofits.

The public announcement of the merger is also a good time to …

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The Boundaries Are Blurring Between Philanthropy and Business

by Michael Moody

On January 28, 2019, John and Laura Arnold became the latest major philanthropists to commit to a new way of giving. Like Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Pierre Omidyar before them, the Arnolds have decided to restructure their giving through a charitable …

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Part 2: How We Think Evaluation Needs to Change

by Kelly Hannum

This post was originally published on the Luminaire Group’s blog. The original post can be viewed here. To read Part 1 of this blog series, click here.

Recently the American Evaluation Association released an updated version of their Guiding Principles (1). This is just one example …

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Part 1: Evaluative Thinking should be a critical leadership competency

by Kelly Hannum

This post was originally published on the Luminaire Group’s blog. The original post can be viewed here. To read Part 2 of this blog series, click here.

I’m an evaluator by training and I have worked in leadership development for decades. There are a lot …

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Why We Need To Know More About Donor Journeys

by Michael Moody

This post first appeared on the Giving Compass website. The original post can be viewed here.

Every donor has a journey. Every giving family has a story to tell about their philanthropic path and past. In one sense, this is an unremarkable truism, like “we all …

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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 ecosystem of philanthropy — nonprofits, foundations, …

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Advancing Nonprofit Diversity: A Call to Action for Funders and Nonprofits

by Juan Olivarez

This post was originally published on the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s blog. The original post can be viewed here.

CEP’s recent report, Nonprofit Diversity Efforts: Current Practices and the Role of Foundations, provides funders valuable input on what they can do to lead the …

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A Shift in Orientation to Our Community: Perspective from a Place-Based Foundation

by Diana Sieger

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as well.

A decade ago, a Midwest community foundation colleague …

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Research Meets Practice: A Call to Action at Our Lunch & Learn

by Sal Alaimo

The phrase “research meets practice” has been around for some time, and we see some prominent examples of it in action in the medical and engineering fields, as well as others. When it comes to philanthropy and nonprofit organizations, and those who …

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