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Global best practice grant-seeking

By Jo Garner • May 29, 2017


The question of grants success rate is a common one, universally. The fact is, no matter where you are working from, whether a grant application is successful or unsuccessful is not generally dependent on one contributing factor. It relies on a combination of all the elements of best practice grant-seeking …

The ABCD of an Asian philanthropist’s journey

By Usha Menon • May 23, 2017


Based on what I see as the evolution of giving habits within the high-net worth families in Asia, here are the four categories of philanthropists I have worked with:
Usually the patriarch of the business family, who has seen poverty and life struggles during his early days, either as a migrant …

Do-gooders take note: Capitalism is your friend!

By Paul Vanags • May 19, 2017


Charities should be less squeamish and see private sector as an agent of change, not the enemy.
There’s a distrust of business, big business in particular, that I’ve experienced in my time in the “for good” sector that has always slightly puzzled me. It’s not that charity-private sector collaborations don’t exist; they …

I am bored to death. Are you dying to be different?

By Richard Radcliffe • May 15, 2017


Is this a tasteless headline or attention grabbing?  Does it matter if it’s tasteless?
Let’s get legacy giving noticed
How many legacy campaigns are noticed? In focus groups it is truly frightening to discover that most legacy articles, posters, leaflets and even bookmarks go unnoticed.
There are two reasons for this message …

Intermediaries in an entirely new ecosystem of supply and demand

By Bill Toliver • May 11, 2017


I have been having one of those ongoing conversations with Atallah Kuttab, the founder of Saaned, an organization devoted to growing philanthropy in the Middle East. In addition to being a charming person, I find him to be an outstanding thinker in the area of philanthropy, fundraising and, most importantly, …

The future of fundraising

By Colin Habberton • May 8, 2017


Despite humanity’s best efforts, through technology or divination, we are yet to master the art of forecasting the future. This article has no ambition to improve on that record. The commentary to follow is a reflection on the changes taking place around us today – social, environmental and ethical. Its …

The joy of giving — and what it means to fundraisers: An interview with author and philanthropy advisor Jenny Santi

By Meg Gardner • May 4, 2017


Jenny Santi is a philanthropy advisor to some of the world’s most generous givers, celebrity activists, and leading financial institutions in Europe and Asia, helping them channel their wealth, power and search for meaning toward social good. She also is the author of the acclaimed book, “The Giving Way to …

Go out of business, talk to a kindergartner and other steps for getting to WHY 

By Jocelyn Harmon • April 27, 2017


Budweiser is bringing friends together. Chevy is keeping America rolling. And we’re all trying to keep up with the Kardashians.
For-profit brands just get it. Driving big sales is all about telling us on the most visceral level WHY we can’t live without them.
It’s no different for nonprofits.
If I’m going to …

Building an effective supporter services function

By Beccy Murrell • April 25, 2017

For far too long, supporter services teams were considered to be a mere “back office” function, perhaps an extension of the individual giving department, and consigned to processing and administration.
But a major transformation of that outdated image has been under way, as organisations prioritise supporter engagement and adopt a greater …

The physics of cultural transformation

By Bill Toliver • April 20, 2017


While my work is focused almost entirely on helping social impact organizations create cultural transformation, it’s surprising how much comfort and insight can be found in the fundamental laws of physics that I learned in the early years of my engineering education.
For example, it is compelling to think about how …