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Foundations

Understanding Risk Tolerance in Grantmaking

By applying behavioral economics theory to philanthropy, we can better manage grantmaker tendencies toward loss and risk aversion, and the effects of other decision-making patterns.

By John R. Ettinger & John T. Ettinger | 1 | Jul. 22, 2015
 

Foundations

Big and Fast Is Not Better

Building relationships with grassroots organizations that advocate for human rights-based development takes time, but without investing in them, philanthropy is likely to stumble. The case of Haiti is instructive.

By Daniel Moss | Jul. 20, 2015
 

Philanthropy

Is Sean Parker the Daenerys Targaryen of Philanthropy?

Like Game of Thrones’ “Dany” Targaryen, entrepreneur Sean Parker is intent on replacing what he sees as a broken and oppressive system with something better.

By Marieke Spence | Jul. 10, 2015
 

Foundations

Making the Money Work

How funders can best support place-based initiatives.

By Anthony B. Iton | Jun. 30, 2015
 

Foundations

What Gets Measured Gets Done

A case for using targeted measures of progress in philanthropy.

 

Health

Investing in Community-led Health

The case for investing in the long-term health and well-being of communities, based on what those communities value.

By Ollie Smith | Jun. 23, 2015
 

Individual Giving

Can Individual and Institutional Donors Be Friends?

These groups' perspectives are closer than most think—and it’s good news for philanthropy.

 

Philanthropy

Challenging the Orthodoxies of Philanthropy

Are traditional assumptions about how we “do” philanthropy preventing us from finding new and better ways of working?

By Gabriel Kasper & Jess Ausinheiler | 10 | Jun. 17, 2015
 

Global Issues

Collective Impact: The Missing Link

Three ways to create an environment where interdependent stakeholders can perform their individual roles optimally and collaborate with each other effectively.

By Neera Nundy & Ann Paisley Chandler | 14 | Jun. 16, 2015
 
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Philanthropy

Working in the Dark

The nonprofit funding process lacks transparency and fosters insecurity—and only funders can fix it.

By Ken Davenport | 5 | Jun. 5, 2015