10 Steps to Becoming a More Effective Philanthropist

Many donors look at their charitable efforts and wonder: Does the nonprofit I’m supporting really have an impact? What can I do to make my philanthropy more effective? Being an effective philanthropist doesn’t depend on the amount of time or money you give but rather upon how you approach your giving. Here are 10 steps…

Corporate Philanthropy Helps Turn Companies Into Good Citizens

The business case supporting corporate philanthropy is well documented. Enhanced employee recruitment, lower turnover, higher job satisfaction, customer preference and loyalty for companies that invest in communities, and higher profits have been demonstrated by studies. Although these might be interesting and important points that enhance stakeholders’ comfort with an expanded view of corporate citizenship, for…

Venture Philanthropy – Risky But Rewarding

Venture capital takes financial capital and expertise and provides them to high-potential, high-risk, startup businesses. Venture philanthropy uses the same approach and applies it to philanthropic donations in the nonprofit or social enterprise sector. Both VC and VP involve a commitment of time and resources, carry a high degree of risk and can produce outsized…

Kids can be philanthropists of great stature

With philanthropy as their cause, kids are not only the leaders of tomorrow; they’re demonstrating passion, insight and ability to be leaders today. Young people, viewing the world through a different lens than their parents and grandparents, are raising money, giving it away, and creating inspired outcomes. Children can become engaged in philanthropy at young…

Market-based Solutions Flex Business Muscle

Historically, businesses have donated billions of dollars to nonprofits to help address social problems by approaching the social contract of “giving back” to society in two primary ways. First, with traditional corporate philanthropy, businesses have benefited customers, employees and communities by making donations to, and volunteering for, worthy causes. Second, “corporate social responsibility” emerged to…

How to be a Strategic Philanthropist

This is the season when many people make charitable donations. This generosity is acutely needed and greatly appreciated. Next year, however, consider approaching your charitable giving as a strategic philanthropist, rather than as a donor. The difference between a donor and a philanthropist does not depend on how much time or money one gives to…

Estate planning for charity can shape legacy

Philanthropy during your lifetime is the best and most effective way to share not only your money but also your values with others. Creating or revising an estate plan is the last chance you have to pass on more than money to your heirs, shape your legacy and help create a better world after you’re…

Ancient Ladder of Giving Can Guide Modern Philanthropy

More than 800 years ago, Moses Maimonides, known by many as Rambam, a rabbi, physician and philosopher, described eight rungs on the ladder of charitable giving. Remarkably, his approach is still pertinent to contemporary thinking about philanthropy. The first rung, at the bottom of the ladder, is reserved for donors who donate grudgingly — giving…

How to Profit From Doing Good

Businesses remain under pressure from employees, shareholders and customers to demonstrate corporate social responsibility and accountability to the communities in which they operate. Traditionally, business enterprises have had several options from which to choose to organize their corporate structure under state law. The purpose of each corporate form is to maximize profits for shareholders. Now,…