Philanthropy in a Recession

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Philanthropy in a Recession: Volume 17, Issue 3: Fall 2010

Table of Contents:

F e a t u r e s

3 Welcome

5 The Nonprofit Ethicist: When your boss hires an underachieving family member, what do you do? by Woods Bowman

6 What Do Donors Want?: Are donors increasingly focused on “metrics”? What does the research say? The truth is more nuanced than you might expect. by Cynthia Gibson, Ph.D., and William Dietel, Ph.D.

12 Social Influences in Giving: Based on a series of experiments in public radio fundraising, this article reveals how the right use of social information can increase donor contributions. by Rachel Croson, Ph.D., and Jen (Yue) Chang

18 Talking About Taxes: There has never been a more critical time for nonprofits to get involved at every level of tax policy. Kim Klein talks about the why and how. by Kim Klein

21 State Groups Tackle Tax Fairness: These examples of state-based tax policy advocacy offer a hopeful picture of ways to rebuild the tax system. by Karen Kraut and Shannon Moriarty

24 Great Expectations: How Executive Directors Can Create Powerful Fundraising Partnerships: For a newly hired development director, the difference between success and failure is clear expectations. by Jeanne Bell and Byron Johnson

30 The Myths and the Realities of the Commercial Gift Funds: This thorough description of commercial gift funds explores the major players, their growth, and their access points. by Rick Cohen

38 What Gives? How does Giving USA derive its numbers?: This article answers some frequently asked questions. by Melissa S. Brown

44 The Changing Face of Workplace Giving: Has workplace giving kept pace with other forms of philanthropy, or is it in jeopardy? by John Coy

D e p a r t m e n t s

52 To Fee or Not to Fee? (And Related Questions): Originally printed in a 2004 issue of NPQ, this article is still relevant today. It examines a fee-based structure for nonprofits that have earned revenue and have effectively charged for services rendered. by the editors

56 Letting Go: A Leadership Challenge: In this interview, Deborah Linnell, Hez Norton, and Tim Wolfred discuss the tough topic of executive transition—when executives should leave and when they should stay to ease the shift—and other trends pertinent to the recession. by the editors

59 Dr. Conflict: Dr. Conflict advises a board president who has encountered resistance from his colleagues. Does the president just need to explain himself better? by Mark Light

61 The Takeaway: A summary of the articles in this issue.

S a t i r e

64 A Strategic Nonprofit Reorganization Plan: A nonprofit organization gets a chance at role reversal with foundations. by Grant T. Goldhammer and Ophelia Paine