Resources & Links
Activities, Web sites and other cutting-edge information for global givers
Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy Creates CEO Network
CEOs are becoming more proactive in their giving activities. Founded in late 1999, the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) promotes increased levels of corporate giving, with a focus on CEO leadership. Read about it in New Century Philanthropy, CECP's newsletter: www.corphilanthropy.org/cecpdocs/whatsnew/newcentury/nc2001spring.html.
Forum for Venture Philanthropists in Budapest in October
International venture philanthropists, hosted by NESsT (Nonprofit Enterprise and Self-sustainability Team), will pool resources and knowledge at a meeting in Budapest, Hungary, from October 1st to 3rd. For more information, go to www.nesst.org/listings/Forum.htm.
Trends in Individual Philanthropy at HNWDigital.com
HNW Digital has just published Wealth & Giving, a survey of giving patterns by high net-worth individuals. Part of a series called "Wealth Pulse," survey topics include reasons for giving, preferred causes, volunteer involvement, on-line giving, family giving, and more. For more information, see www.hnwdigital.com/hnwmarket/wealthpulse_giving.html.
"What's a Donor to Do" Outlines Resources for Philanthropists
The Philanthropic Initiative is distributing a report about how new and emerging donors are becoming involved in philanthropy, what resources are available to them (or should be developed), and how US foundations can learn from, and work with, the new generation of philanthropists. TPI was founded by H. Peter Karoff, a member of Synergos' Board of Directors. The report is available at www.tpi.org/_tpi/promoting/publications/WhatToDo.pdf.
Charities Aid Foundation Optimizes Giving Process
The mission of London-based Charities Aid Foundation, or CAF, is "to increase the substance of philanthropy around the world." To do this, CAF works with donors -- individual and corporate -- to optimize their giving, and helps non-profits make the most of what they get. You can learn more about this remarkable organization, which also has offices in Belgium, Bulgaria, India, Russia, the U.S. and West and Southern Africa, by clicking www.cafonline.org.
International Center for Non-Profit Law Centralizes -- and Demystifies -- Legal Issues
One of the biggest challenges to global philanthropists is understanding tax laws in different countries that affect grant-giving and grant-seeking. Fortunately, legal experts Leon Irish and Karla Simon have already done a lot of the work: as founders of the D.C.-based International Center for Non-Profit Law, they (and an international staff) have developed an on-line archive of the most up-to-date information on tax laws and regulations regarding non-profits around the world. Their mission, they say, is "to facilitate and support the development of civil society and the freedom of association on a global basis." Visit their information-heavy Web site at www.icnl.org.
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