Category Archives: Philanthropy

Assessing Non-Profit Health: What a 990 Can Tell You

Assessing Non-Profit Health: What a 990 Can Tell You

Have you considered a first-time contribution to a non-profit, but felt you should first “check out the numbers” or “do your homework” before making the gift?

DonorsTrust clients often ask us our opinion about groups they are considering supporting. Conducting that due diligence is one of the benefits of working with us.

If you’d ever like to do some simple …

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Philanthropy “Pop-Ups,” Risk-Taking, and the Value of Small Bets

Philanthropy “Pop-Ups,” Risk-Taking, and the Value of Small Bets

This article continues the “Beyond Policy” series. In this segment, Tyler Cowen of the Mercatus Center talks about Mercatus’ newest venture and how it seeks to advance liberty and prosperity through high-risk, high-reward philanthropic endeavors. 

This fall, I launched a new project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University with a different approach to philanthropy. Known as Emergent Ventures

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A Festivus Miracle: Overcoming Funder-Grantee Grievances

A Festivus Miracle: Overcoming Funder-Grantee Grievances

“I got a lot of problems with you people! And now, you’re gonna hear about ‘em.”

And thus begins the traditional Airing of Grievances at the Festivus celebration, a made-up holiday featured in that great sitcom, Seinfeld.

(If you’re already lost or just want a laugh, check out this one-minute video to appreciate the essence of Festivus and the

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Showing, Not Telling: A Different Approach for Think Tanks

Showing, Not Telling: A Different Approach for Think Tanks

This installment of “Beyond Policy” features Randy Hicks of Georgia Center for Opportunity. In this segment, he shares the ways in which think tanks can supplement policy through advocacy and community engagement to create lasting change. you can read the previous segment of this series here

“Show, don’t tell” is a basic maxim of good writing.

Wordsmiths should allow …

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Effective Veterans Philanthropy: A Case Study

Effective Veterans Philanthropy: A Case Study

In honor of Veterans’ Day, we are sharing a chapter from the Philanthropy Roundtable’s excellent resource on supporting charitable giving to veteran-supporting efforts, Uniform Champions: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Excellent Assistance for Veterans by Thomas Meyer. This section explores the effort of the non-profit CODE to overcome initial failure and better measure its efforts to find meaningful work for

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Giving While Normal – Charitable Giving For the Non-Rich

Giving While Normal – Charitable Giving For the Non-Rich

Should you give to charity even if you aren’t rich?

A recent article by Camilo Maldonado in Forbes posits that just because one isn’t among the super-rich – or perhaps not even fully established in a career and financial life – one can still be charitable with one’s dollars and time.

Let’s go straight to what I consider one of …

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Americans Gave More than Ever in 2017

Americans Gave More than Ever in 2017

Good news! Giving USA’s annual survey of charitable giving in America reports that overall contributions by Americans in 2017 increased by an inflation-adjusted 3%. Individuals, foundations, and corporations donated more than $400 billion into the non-profit sector, the most ever.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy offers a nice synopsis of the survey’s findings, as well as an interesting perspective (and …

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