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Going hand-in-hand with fundraising is the need to understand philanthropy – why and how people give to causes. This page compiles research and articles to assist organizations in conceptualizing the giving landscape and how to taylor their efforts to most benefit their mission.

Asking the Right Person for the Right Amount

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
Three stories that highlight the importance of choosing the right prospective donors and asking for the right amount.
Posted on: January 29, 2021
Topics: Best Practice | Fundraising | Philanthropy

Struck by Duck: Do We Really Need This Data?

Source: The Center for Effective Philanthropy
The Center for Effective Philanthropy looks at the incredible specificity in medical coding—there are codes for "struck by duck" and "burn due to water-skis on fire"—and highlights the often overlooked cost of collecting data.
Posted on: November 2, 2015
Topics: Data & Research | Philanthropy

Silicon Valley's New Philanthropy

Source: The New York Times
The New York Times examines the rise of “West coast philanthropy” and how the current generation of hacker-philanthropists clashes with the “strange and alien world” of traditional philanthropy.
Posted on: November 2, 2015
Topics: Philanthropy

Foundation Giving for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Infrastructure

Source: Foundation Center
The Foundation Center, with funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, recently published Foundation Giving for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Infrastructure 2004-2012, an analysis of 700+ funders and 12,000+ grants to nonprofit and philanthropic infrastructure organizations and services.
Posted on: August 4, 2015
Topics: Data & Research | Philanthropy

Giving USA 2015: Donations Hit Record High, Up 7.1% from 2013

Source: Giving USA
The recently released Giving USA 2015, which analyses giving in 2014, found that Americans gave almost $360 billion, up 7.1% from 2013. While bequest, corporate, and foundation all increased, a 5.7% increase in individual giving accounted for almost $11 billion of the $18+ billion overall increase.
Posted on: July 14, 2015
Topics: Data & Research | Fundraising | Philanthropy

Infographic: A Brief History of Charitable Giving

Source: Tech Impact
Tech Impact, a nonprofit dedicated to helping other nonprofits more effectively use technology, recently shared a great infographic of the history of charitable giving dating back to 2,500 BCE.
Posted on: March 16, 2015
Topics: Fundraising | Philanthropy

Do Competitive Prizes Drive Innovative Solutions?

A new report discusses the increase in government agencies and philanthropic organizations staging competitions as a way to promote innovation in solving difficult technological, social, and environmental problems.
Posted on: June 20, 2014
Topics: Data & Research | Philanthropy

5 Indicators for Identifying the Best Potential Donors

Source: Bloomerang
Bloomerang analyzed donor data from over 400 nonprofits, consisting of over 2 million individuals with a combined giving total of over $5 billion. They determined the 5 best indicators for identifying potential major donors, all of which can be found in either your own records or publicly available data.
Posted on: September 26, 2013
Topics: Fundraising | Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Chronicle is a newspaper for the nonprofit sector. In addition to their print news publication their website provides a variety of resources regarding philanthropy and nonprofits. They have a free email newsletter that provides a daily briefing on philanthropy news. Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Philanthropy

A Decade of Outcome-Oriented Philanthropy

Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review
A look back on the beginnings of "strategic philanthropy" and what the future may hold.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Data & Research | Evaluation | Outcomes | Philanthropy | Strategy
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