Do Your Homework

How one foundation used research to help support young, black men In the wake of substantial public funding cuts across the board, many foundations are struggling to find the most meaningful ways to step up and strategically fill the void. Let’s not kid ourselves: there is no way for private philanthropy to close that public funding gap. The struggle for foundations, then, is how to achieve the most impact for the investments they can make, and choosing meaningful areas in which to invest. In that regard, it pays to do your homework by conducting a little research to find the intersections between public cuts and public needs. For example, take a look at the new BLOOM Initiative launched earlier this … Continue reading Do Your Homework

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Nicholas Kristof gets an A in Philanthropy

This post was originally published on the the Great Nonprofits blog on July 23, 2012. Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee Nicholas Kristof gets an A for his picks of great charities! Despite the Three Cups of Tea controversy, he has chosen effective nonprofits according to reviews by volunteers, donors, and clients served. His final grade? A 91% success rate. Kristof is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times. His writing focuses on the disenfranchised and abused, like victims of human trafficking, and what we can do to help them. He has traveled to 150 countries, often risking his life to report from dangerous places like Darfur. We wanted to evaluate Kristof’s picks of nonprofits that readers should support. We … Continue reading Nicholas Kristof gets an A in Philanthropy

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