How do you discuss philanthropy and charity in your family? Growing up in mine the act of charity was never really discussed. It was done, but I think there were some opportunities lost in having an open dialogue with my parents around how they donate their money. Don't get me wrong, my family is very generous with their time and their financial resources, it was just never discussed.
This is a link to a blog, Non-Profit Communications, written by Kivi Leroux Miller, about what you get for donation. An interesting experiment in community investing and testing the donor stewardship programs of charities.
Wow! That really sums up how I am feeling these days. In a recent article posted by the Financial Times people can now feel good about feeding their addictions. Okay, maybe that is a little harsh… But really, if you think about it – our TV watching habits took a philanthropic spin when American Idol launched their Africa projects a couple of years ago; and how can we ignore Oprah’s Big Give?!Now our online gambling addictions can have a positive social impact.In Canada a large number of charities receive government funding from dollars generated at casinos.Gambling is not a new source of revenue; what is new, is the betting on prediction markets.
Someone who I greatly respect shared this poem with me and I felt that I should pass it along to you. When we talk about the values that shape our decision making processes, we ask ourselves questions as part of the process. I invite you to ask yourself some of these questions when you think about the impact that you want to have in the world.
I have been thinking recently on how the charitable sector mirrors the corporate sector. This thought process was triggered by an article I read in the NY Times and then by a blog posting on Tactical Philanthropy.
So you've identified your values, you'ver picked how you will give and you've set your philanthropic goals. The goals that articulate the kind of social impact you want to make. How will you find the charities that best fit your values and goals?
The past few days there have been some interesting pieces in North American papers and blog sites on philanthropy and specifically on developing philanthropic strategies. Here a few that I think might of interest to you: