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Jump Start Your Giving with Giving Tuesday

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday.  For those of you who haven’t heard of Giving Tuesday or are still in a tryptophan-induced haze, it is a movement that launched in 2012 as the philanthropic counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  It encourages individuals and families, for-profit and non-profit organizations nationwide to celebrate their philanthropic goals and […]


And the Medal Goes to…Philanthropy

I’ve got Olympic fever.  Who doesn’t? With all the hype and media coverage it’s hard not to have the Games on the brain.  And between cheering on Aly Raisman and ogling Ryan Lochte, I began to think about how philanthropy plays into it all.  Of course their origins are similar – the first athletes competed […]


Why Don’t We Make a Scene? Together.

We can do a lot alone, but we can do so much more together.  This is not a new concept by any means, yet there seemed to be a sense of urgency at the Social Impact Exchange Conference last week to move towards such collaborative efforts.  Why now? Well, I think there are a lot […]


The Million Dollar List

The Million Dollar List, a project of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University made possible by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, launched last week.  A website and database, the list tracks publicly reported charitable gifts of $1 million or more and provides data and resources about giving at that level. […]


Is Zuckerberg Representing Millennials?

By now everyone has heard. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, recently donated $100-million to the public school system in Newark, NJ.  It’s quite a donation and is already making waves.  The gift has received a lot of press, mainly as relates to its quantity and who it’s coming from, but some have also questioned

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