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The Expanding Philanthropic Conversation

Aligning Conversations with Client and Donor Needs Several studies have been conducted by financial institutions recently to assess their clients’ philanthropic activity and needs. The results tell us that the philanthropic conversation is expanding in America, and that donors, as well as potential donors, want to have meaningful conversations about their giving. Here are some… Read more »

Drowning in Donations: one nonprofit’s struggle to keep up

Recently Americans spontaneously donated more than $20 million to a Texas based nonprofit to reunite migrant families separated at the border. The $20 million grew out of the most recent social media campaign to go viral, and that money equals approximately 3x the organization’s annual budget. With the very best of intentions these donors were… Read more »

Philanthropy USA: Record Giving, but is this all Good News?

Several recent news articles and reports have announced that 2017 was a record year for U.S. philanthropy, citing a robust stock market and strong economy as drivers. For the first time, charitable giving exceeded $400 Billion, up 5.2% year over year. The articles also noted giving increases across all sectors, except international affairs, with more… Read more »

Free Analysis: Donor Advised Funds & Private Foundations

We’ve read so much about the proliferation of Donor Advised Funds, it made us wonder how Private Foundations are faring. While donor advised funds now outnumber private foundations in the U.S., private foundations still offer many advantages, especially surrounding legacy and control. Control over Board appointments. Control over investment strategy. Control over the selection criteria… Read more »

What Donors Would Like You to Know

If you are reading this post, you care about effective philanthropy. Have you ever wondered what advice major, multi-generational philanthropists would give to those beginning their philanthropic journey? We did, so we asked a few. We spoke with 4 donors, all the second or third generation in their family to be involved in significant philanthropy…. Read more »

The blurring line between profit and philanthropy

We hear a lot about triple bottom line companies. We recently had the opportunity to see one in action. Former Austin nonprofit executive, Leya Simmons, and her husband Tunç Samiloglu, a successful and serial software developer, and their company have built a fundraising database called BetterUnite. BetterUnite is receiving a lot of attention as it is provided completely free of… Read more »

Pillars of Impact: Need, Outcomes, Scale & Revenue

Modern media is full of articles, blogs, research papers and enthusiastic descriptions of new ways of engaging in philanthropy. Often described as ‘social impact investing’ or ‘social venture capital’ the focus has moved from individual or foundation philanthropy to groups of entrepreneurs making a collective investment in a cause, sometimes expecting a return on that… Read more »

2018 Rodman Report provides philanthropy stats, trends among local businesses

An annual survey of Central Texas companies found that most maintain a strong emphasis on corporate giving, with philanthropy budgets that increased from 2016 to 2017. The 2018 Rodman Report details that and other results from a survey of businesses of various sizes and industries. This marks the fourth year in a row that Austin-based… Read more »

Are we doing our homework?

America is the most generous nation in the world, with nearly 1 million charities receiving public support. A few key motivators prompt our giving—our personal experience with an organization, a bricks and mortar presence, and the belief the organization will endure for the long term. Americans are the most generous to their churches, universities and… Read more »