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PHILANTHROPIC PORTFOLIOS: Conservative and Aggressive Charitable Giving Tendencies

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Over the last decade there’s been a lot of emphasis on quantifying and measuring the results of charitable gifts. More and more donors view gifts to a nonprofit as social investments and evaluate their giving decisions in terms of the ROI (return on investment). Strategic donors have long seen themselves as change agents who evaluate their philanthropic investments like venture capitalists. That’s generally a good thing because it constantly reminds nonprofits that it’s not their money. They are stewards of donors’ investments. Continue reading

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Wealth and Hyper-Agency: Why Strategic Philanthropists Grow Frustrated and Bored with Organizations and Their Leaders

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Listening to these strategic philanthropists talk among themselves about social problems, I notice something quite remarkable. Individuals who have earned or inherited enormous wealth, perceive of and approach social problems in ways that are very different than most of the fundraisers who solicit them for funds. That gap of perception and approach constitutes the boredom and/or frustrations factor with organizations and the leaders. Continue reading

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