The Sunk Cost Fallacy – 5 Red-Flags That Tell You It Might Be Time to Move On

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Articles, Blog

I recently read an article on behavioral research about the sunk cost fallacy (The Economist, 6-2-18)and it got me thinking about how much of this goes on in philanthropy. As many economists and writers have described, the sunk cost fallacy is irrational decision-making driven by emotion and based on past investments – and which disregards…

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A Must Read Article on Foundation Transparency

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in Articles, Blog

Transparency has become a watchword in private philanthropy, but far too much of the discussion of this timely topic remains steeped in opinion rather than research. A new Foundation Review article reports critically important and some surprising findings from new research not previously addressed in foundation literature. This article provides new guidance regarding potential benefits…

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Funding Opportunity for Foundations & Their Grant Partners

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Articles, Blog

I don’t usually work the fundraising side of the street, but here’s a unique opportunity for foundations and their grant partners to ramp up their work together. The Fund for Shared Insight is now acceptingapplications for Listen for Good grants. Submissions are due by June 29, 2018; click here for all the details. Listen for Good is “an initiative…

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3 Reasons to Plan for Leadership Succession Now

Posted by on Mar 29, 2018 in Articles, Blog

Research tells us that most foundations and almost half of nonprofits nationally do not have written leadership succession plans in place.  Here are three reasons to start succession planning in your organization now: Change is as inevitable as the seasons, yet we more often than not refuse to acknowledge and prepare for the change headed…

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Advocacy – Yes, you can!

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 in Articles, Blog

“I thought nonprofit organizations weren’t allowed to participate in advocacy.”  “Foundations can’t fund advocacy efforts…can they?” Well, actually, nonprofits can advocate and foundations can (and should) provide support for them to do so! One of the best resources for both foundations and nonprofits on the topic is Bolder Advocacy, an initiative of Alliance for Justice. If…

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What’s Your Giving Style?

Posted by on Jan 27, 2018 in Articles, Blog

The flurry of year-end activity has subsided and the 2017 book is closed.  Now is a good time to reflect on your strategy for philanthropic giving – and not only because new tax deductions are on the horizon! Did your philanthropic strategy fulfill your goals? The folks at WiserGiving have created a simple 7-question quiz that reveals…

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Small Foundation – Big Impact

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Articles, Blog

I met Mark Gunther at last month’s Exponent Philanthropy CONNECT conference in Denver. He is Managing Director of the Eva Gunther Foundation in the Bay Area. Mark and The Eva Foundation were instrumental in creating the Alliance for Girls, the largest regional alliance of girls’ organizations and champions in the country. I asked him to share his story…

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What Funders Can Learn From Flipping Burgers

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Articles, Blog

I recently watched “The Founder” (2016) on a cross-country flight – the story of how Ray Kroc transformed the McDonald brothers’ restaurant into a global business. Through the entire movie, I kept thinking this should be required viewing for business majors everywhere. But I realized that foundation and nonprofit leaders should also see this movie!…

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Greater Giving through Giving Circles

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Articles, Blog

The Giving Back Gang, a Cleveland-based giving circle, recently celebrated its 15th anniversary.  It has engaged over 70 individual participants and generated in excess of $275,000 in grants benefitting more than two dozen nonprofit organizations. Here are highlights on the Giving Back Gang story from my interview with founder Hank Doll – philanthropist, foundation board member…

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Two Searches Underway – Eccles Foundation (UT), and First Things First (AZ)

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Articles, Blog

Senior Program Officer, George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation (Salt Lake City, UT)     Strategy + Action/Philanthropy has launched a search to fill the newly created Senior Program Officer position at the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation. Read More.   The Foundation is a key philanthropic and civic leader in the…

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