Posts By: Administrator

Have you heard the big news?

Our colleague Joy Selak has written the most beautiful book about the gifts we are given and the gifts we give. It is such a treasure, and we could not be prouder of her! CeeGee’s Gift began as a one act play and was a winner of the San Juan Islands’ Playwright’s Festival in the Pacific Northwest… Read more »

Searching for New Ways to Volunteer in the New Year?

A rising trend among corporations today is to engage in skill-based volunteering. This model has long been used on a smaller scale with graduate students who serve as interns or fellows. The students come to the nonprofit with a designated project and spend a semester or more addressing it. The students are chosen because their… Read more »

The Real Story Ends In The Land fill

It is well documented that after Hurricane Maria warehouses near the ports of Puerto Rico remained full of diapers, bottled water, clothes and canned goods, with no easy way for those items to reach individuals in need. After all, in the middle of a disaster, who is going to unpack and sort those assorted goods… Read more »

Increasingly, Women are Leading U.S. Philanthropy

Here’s the facts, according to a recent comprehensive study by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University: — Women are creating and controlling wealth at a higher rate than ever before. Women control more than 51% of private wealth in the U.S.  The IRS reports that 43% of the nations top wealth holders, those with… Read more »

When is enough, enough?

Many parents of college students grapple with how much their children should work—and contribute—toward their living and tuition expenses.  These parents recognize that not having work experience during college affects their child’s future job prospects and compensation offers.  Most families of wealth struggle mightily with how much to provide their offspring.  As Warren Buffett famously… Read more »

For Financial Advisors: Expanding The 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 »

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 »