Month: November 2012

The Role of Design and “Design Thinking” in Philanthropy

At the turn of the current century, after decades of academic percolation, the concept of “design thinking” began to expand rapidly in popular business literature and conversation. Although finding a clear, consistent explanation of design thinking is rather like asking bridesmaids to agree on the perfect shade of blue, Wikipedia offers this definition: Design Thinking …

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4 Resources To Help Foundations Prepare For The Next Disaster

There really is no substitute for planning and preparedness when it comes to effective disaster response. An hour you spend today could save days in response time when time is most critical. Here are four good reads to start: The Jessie Ball duPont Fund’s Creating Order From Chaos: Roles for Philanthropy in Disaster Planning and …

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8 Longer-Term Ideas for Funding Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery can take years, and there are many opportunities for grantmakers to have a meaningful impact long after other resources have moved on. Yesterday we share 6 Things Grantmakers Can Do Right Now To Help Hurricane Sandy Relief. Today we want to share 8 longer-term ideas for supporting disaster recovery, recommended by our colleagues …

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6 Things Grantmakers Can Do Right Now To Help Hurricane Sandy Relief

It’s heart wrenching to see images of a disaster aftermath on TV, like the one we’re still watching in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. It’s even more heartbreaking when it happens in your neighborhood. What are the best and most effective ways for a grantmaker to help? Here are 6 things you can do right …

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6 Mistakes Philanthropists Make During a Crisis (And What They Can Do Instead)

Don’t let delusional altruism hinder your impact! Learn valuable tips to improve your giving during tumultuous times.