All in the family

Recently, I spoke with a woman who helps the wealthy do good with their money.  She’s concerned by the fact that no one seems to be paying attention to the implications of the massive wealth that is going to change hands over the next several decades.  Yes, people are talking about the unprecedented $41 trillion figure.  And, yes, nonprofits are talking about how they might get a share of that money.  But people aren’t talking about how that portion of the $41 trillion that will Read more

The Most Deserving List

This is the time of year for lists – top 10 movies of the year, top 10 retweets, top 10 pictures of dogs dressed as reindeer. That’s one way of collecting data.

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Every semester, I start off one of my graduate classes by asking the students to explore the various sources of data on nonprofits. I give them starting sources, such as the National Center for Charitable Statistics, Giving USA and the Foundation Center, making it clear that they are by no means Read more

Diversify Now

I just don’t get why, after the past seven years,  any nonprofit would need a lesson in the essential importance of having diversified funding streams. If you are one of those who has not yet learned that lesson, have a board member who is a slow learner or have an executive director who didn’t get the memo, let me share some true stories –  all just from the past week alone!

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Example One:  newly-elected mayor of Patterson, New Jersey, who assumed his position this Read more

All in the Family

Recently, I spoke with a woman who helps the wealthy do good with their money.  She’s concerned by the fact that no one is paying attention to the implications of the massive wealth that is going to change hands over the next several decades.  Yes, people are talking about the unprecedented $41 trillion figure.  And, yes, nonprofits are talking about how they might get a share of that money.  But people aren’t talking about how that portion of the $41 trillion that will go for Read more

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