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Are the Days of Program Officer Selected & Trustee Approved Philanthropy Over?

Wunderkind Peter Deitz, of GrantBook (and other successful social innovation ventures), recently wrote a great blog post outlining some philanthropic trends that warrant attention, even though, he admits, "the philanthropic sector embraces new approaches and solutions at the speed of a three-toed sloth." Topping the list of the innovations he says are worth tracking, is… Continue reading Are the Days of Program Officer Selected & Trustee Approved Philanthropy Over?

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Donor Advised Funds: Can We Have a Discussion?

There's certainly a lot of conversation swirling about donor advised funds, and given the ongoing surge in their popularity, it's safe to assume that this conversation will continue unabated. That's a good thing. For too long, the social sector has been loathe to take on tough issues publicly and, instead, has sidestepped disagreement in favor… Continue reading Donor Advised Funds: Can We Have a Discussion?

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From Burning Platform to Building People Power

Jed Miller and I spent a year working with Greenpeace to explore The Mobilisation Lab. What we found was fascinating. Here's the editorial lead in to the final piece we co-authored: In a culture of smaller and smaller screens and bigger and bigger threats to democracy, to activism and to the planet, how do longstanding… Continue reading From Burning Platform to Building People Power

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DATA: The Myth of the Critical Immigrant

The graphs for this data set, as well as other interactive tools, can be found at: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/03/30/upshot/crime-immigration-myth.html The Myth of the Criminal Immigrant By ANNA FLAGG MARCH 30, 2018 The Trump administration’s first year of immigration policy has relied on claims that immigrants bring crime into America. President Trump’s latest target is sanctuary cities. “Every… Continue reading DATA: The Myth of the Critical Immigrant