Summer 2013 – Digital Issue

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New Gatekeepers of Philanthropy

Summer 2013: Volume 20, Issue 2


  • Welcome

  • The Nonprofit Ethicist
    A board member applies for an ED position; a congregation member wants to do management consulting with his own church; and our continuing struggles with donations of junk food. The Nonprofit Ethicist weighs in. by Woods Bowman

  • Philanthropy—Not Even the Same Stream Once
    Post-recession giving is coming back, but slowly—and it looks very different. by Ruth McCambridge

  • Donor Retention: What Do We Know and What Can We Do about It? Despite the obvious benefits of donor retention, research continues to focus on motives for giving. by Adrian Sargeant, PhD

  • Notes on the Limitations of Strategic Philanthropy
    What could be wrong with a foundation engaging in strategic philanthropy? Thomas Scanlon has some searing observations. by Thomas Scanlon

Special Section

  • Getting Serious about Philanthropic Capital

  • Capital, Equity, and Looking at Nonprofits as Enterprises
    Clara Miller discusses the role of a healthy capital investment in helping an organization to optimize its impact. by Clara Miller

  • Edna McConnell Clark Foundation’s Growth Capital Aggregation Pilot: A Bold Philanthropic Innovation
    In 2007, EMCF launched GCAP, a pilot project focusing on just three, “big bet” grantees. The goal? To help them expand their impact, improve their evaluation methodologies, and reach their “sweet spot.” by the editors

  • An Interview with Nancy Roob, President of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
    In the 1990s, EMCF decided to narrow its focus to just one field, in order to have greater impact. But when grantees were still struggling to raise revenue, EMCF launched its Growth Capital Aggregation Pilot. Nancy Roob describes what it took to shift the foundation’s approach to grantmaking. by the editors.

  • Second-Stage Growth: How Major Grants Transformed Our Institutions
    This article presents an autobiographical case study of two promising organizations that received capital investments to grow and change. by Rabbi Elie Kaunfer and Steven Lieberman, JD

Features continued . . .

  • Making Charitable Money Flow: Mixed Results with Donor-Advised Funds
    The charitable gift funds like Fidelity and Schwab are growing their pools of DAFs at a remarkable pace. This article is a rundown of the landscape. by Rick Cohen

  • Collaborating with Advisors to the “Self-Made”: A Fundraiser’s Next Frontier
    Financial advisors are a great doorway for approaching self-made businesspeople for gifts. But what kind of message are you leading with? by Phil Cubeta, CLU, ChFC, MSFS, CAP

  • Naomi Levine: Insights from a Master of Fundraising
    Naomi Levine, fundraiser for New York University and president of its George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, talks about the principles that guide her approach to fundraising. Interview by Ruth McCambridge

  • Toward a Successful Internet-Enabled Philanthropy Ecosystem: Part 1
    The founder of GuideStar takes an updated look at the ecosystem that informs philanthropy. What needs work? by Buzz Schmidt

  • Dr. Conflict 
    Got a problem with your personnel committee getting too personal? Dr. Conflict issues a surprising prescription. by Mark Light, MBA, PhD