news Archive

1 Mar 2016

Why We Must Stand Up Against Philanthropy-Bashing

Another mega-gift announced.  Another article disparaging the gift and criticizing the donor and the recipient organization.  We’ve seen this movie before.  
3 Aug 2015

Enforceable Gift Pledge Redux: Foundation Suing Donor’s Estate

In my last post, I wrote about the pros and cons of signing an enforceable gift pledge.  Now comes word of a case in California involving a gift pledge that was rescinded.
9 Jul 2015

In Defense of a $400 Million Gift – A Fundraiser’s Perspective

When Harvard announced that billionaire John Paulson had made a $400 million gift to name the university’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, you would think that the philanthropic community would applaud such a mega-gift.
2 Jun 2015

Fallout from the Cancer Charities Fraud: How to Protect Yourself as a Donor

The non-profit world was reeling recently in the wake of the announcement by the Federal Trade Commission that they, along with all 50 states and the District of Columbia, had filed a complaint against four cancer charities,
24 Mar 2015

Three Lessons from the Estate of Ronald Read

What happens when a man who looked like he couldn’t rub two nickels together turns out to have amassed $8 million?  He gets a lot of attention.
21 Oct 2014

How You Can Help Fight the Ebola Crisis

Ebola is all over the news, raising fear in the U.S. of the disease spreading into a pandemic.
23 Aug 2014

The Ice Bucket Challenge: A Former ALS Association Staffer Reflects on the Disease and the Organization

I first met someone living with ALS at the end of my first week on the job with The ALS Association in 2001. 
18 Jul 2014

Here’s How You Can Help With the Recent International Crises

Crises and tragedies have a way of bringing people together in support of those affected.  In times of sorrow, gifts from generous donors to first-responder non-profit organizations provide a sliver of light when things are darkest.
24 Jun 2014

How the L.A. Clippers Deal Can Have a Lasting Positive Impact, Thanks to Philanthropy

Out of the brouhaha over Donald Sterling’s remarks and the pending sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer comes a happy ending: the possible creation of a $200 million charitable foundation.
18 Jun 2014

How a Mom’s Nightmare Flight Turned Into a Charitable Donation

I wouldn’t recommend this to any Board members as a way of raising funds for your organization.