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7 Lessons Donors Can Learn From MacKenzie Scott’s Surprise $1.7 Billion Gift

On July 28, MacKenzie Scott surprised the world by announcing she had made $1.7 billion in donations to 116 nonprofit organizations. They were selected for the transformative work they were doing and to support leaders driving change in a variety of issues. Scott is the richest woman in America, with a net worth of about $62 billion. Her …

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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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Four Questions to Get Maximum Impact During This Crisis

You’re just the philanthropic leader we need. If you are like most funders or philanthropy-serving organizations, in the past two weeks you’ve done one of two things: You jumped into action, heroically extending or eliminating grant deadlines, providing additional funding without applications, eliminating funding restrictions, creating free webinars and live discussions, embracing new technology, and …

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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.