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SSIR blogger Paul Park is the general counsel and secretary of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, overseeing all legal matters related to the Chavez Foundation’s affordable housing, nonprofit radio, after-school tutoring, and conference center programs.

Philanthropy

What If Funders Really Acted Like Purchasers?

The funder-as-purchaser model offers new frameworks to spur new thinking and advancements in the nonprofit sector.

By Paul Park | 3 | Aug. 4, 2011
 
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Foundations

Just Give ’Em the Money: The Power and Pleasure of Unrestricted Funding

Unrestricted money makes an organization work smoothly, enables innovation, and provides fuel for growth.

By Kevin Starr | 72 | Aug. 3, 2011
 
SSIR blogger Matthew Scharpnick is the co-founder and chief strategy officer at Elefint Designs, a socially responsible design and marketing firm that works with good causes.

Technology & Design

How Do Good Causes Achieve Great Design?

Organizations can take some practical steps to harness the power of design to build a strong brand.

By Matthew Scharpnick | 2 | Aug. 2, 2011
 
SSIR blogger Matthew Scharpnick is the co-founder and chief strategy officer at Elefint Designs, a socially responsible design and marketing firm that works with good causes.

Technology & Design

Why Good Causes Need Great Design

Few things are as important to an organization’s growth as great design.

By Matt Scharpnick | 4 | Aug. 1, 2011
 
SSIR blogger Andrew Bangser is the president of Foundation Source, the nation’s largest provider of support services for private foundations.

Foundations

Bringing Philanthropy into the 21st Century

The growth of the Internet opens new avenues for collaboration between foundations and nonprofits, but it's a changing landscape.

By Andrew Bangser | 1 | Jul. 29, 2011
 
SSIR blogger Randall Kempner is executive director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of organizations that propel social entrepreneurship in emerging markets.

Economic Development

Social Entrepreneurship Takes Off in Brazil

Brazilian entrepreneurs are leveraging their deep intellectual, social, and natural resources to drive greater prosperity and create wealth.

By Randall Kempner | 2 | Jul. 28, 2011
 
SSIR blogger Salvatore LaSpada is the chief executive of Institute for Philanthropy, where he directs The Philanthropy Workshop. The Philanthropy Workshop is a strategic philanthropy training and networking program for ultra- and high-net worth individual

Philanthropy

Looking Beyond the Surface: Ten Pieces of Practical Advice on Due Diligence

Ten due diligence practices for would-be funders who are in the process of sizing up a philanthropic opportunity.

By Salvatore LaSpada | 1 | Jul. 27, 2011
 
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Civil Society

Taking Exception to Exceptionalism

We need to shift the narrative to include the link between exceptional solutions and the systems change and scale needed to deliver a just baseline.

By Eric Friedenwald-Fishman | 4 | Jul. 26, 2011
 
SSIR blogger Holden Karnofsky is co-founder of GiveWell, an independent charity evaluation group. GiveWell identifies and recommends top charities in causes such as international charity, microfinance, and disaster relief.

Philanthropy

We Should Expect Good Giving To Be Hard

Great giving opportunities are few and far between; I believe in urging them to give to only the very best charities.

By Holden Karnofsky | Jul. 25, 2011
 
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Foundations

Surdna CEO on Philanthropic Isolation

An interview with Phillip Henderson about the challenges he faces as the president of the Surdna Foundation.

By Aaron Hurst | 6 | Jul. 22, 2011