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The Top Question Corporate Leaders Should be Asking

One simple question can harness the power of strategic giving to address turmoil and support recovery. Whatever line of business we’re in, from hospitality to manufacturing, finance to retail, we’ve entered a period of broad awakening and reckoning about ongoing oppression and institutional racism. In the context of the pandemic, we’ve also witnessed how our …

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It’s Time for Philanthropy to “Flip the Script”

Philanthropy is never simple. Yet in 2020 the waves of crises crashing over communities everywhere have made achieving outcomes and impact harder than ever.  Last week I gave a webinar with Annie Rhodes, Director of Funder Impact at Social Solutions. In our view, it’s time to flip the philanthropy script and embrace this moment as an opportunity to pivot …

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It’s Time for Philanthropists to Recognize Their Blind Spots

In a time of social anxiety, where are we falling short?  In philanthropy circles, people very rarely, if ever, call each other out for being delusional. And that’s exactly why I wrote a book on it. It’s called Delusional Altruism. Briefly, the book is about human behaviors we’re not even aware of that get in the …

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Six Ways Philanthropies Respond to Crisis

Some are more effective than others. When the unexpected happens, we all wish we had the presence of mind of a first responder. But first responders aren’t born knowing what to do in an emergency. They train until the most effective responses become automatic. Part of their training also involves recognizing and overcoming weaknesses, so …

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Seven Ways to Increase Your Philanthropic Impact During COVID-19

With every challenge comes opportunity.  None of us would have chosen this moment, but now that it’s here, we’re all forced to respond. We’re navigating new territory in our personal relationships. We’re focused on keeping ourselves, our communities and our vulnerable family members safe. We’re processing too much worrisome news. And, in philanthropy, we’re working …

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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.