Resources & Links
Activities, Web sites and other cutting-edge information for global givers
Aspen Institute takes over production of Philanthropy Information Retrieval Project
The Aspen Institute's Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program has announced that it will take over publishing the Philanthropy Information Retrieval Project (PIRP), which was established in 1996 with funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. PIRP provides monthly summaries of new and emerging issues that may affect foundations. To subscribe, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "subscribe" in the subject line.
New Stanford publication promotes social innovation
The newly-launched Stanford Social Innovation Review (www.ssireview.com) targets philanthropists as well as nonprofit executives, public policy makers, business leaders, academics and others interested in the exploring best practices in nonprofit management, philanthropy and corporate citizenship. Published by the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the quarterly publication will contain features, news briefs, opinion pieces, case studies, "toolkits" with practical information and profiles.
Alliance magazine examines issues and experiences in cross-border philanthropy
The June 2002 issue of Alliance magazine (www.allavida.org/alliance.htm) contains a group of articles on the topic of cross-border philanthropy, including an exploration of different types of intermediary organizations as well as the challenge for donors wanting to "miss out the middleman" or do something other than simply fund a northern-based international NGO. An article by Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, Executive Director of the African Women's Development Fund and a Synergos Senior Fellow, examines the value of using local grantmaking organizations to support philanthropy and development in local communities. Other articles look at experiences in channeling resources to nonprofit groups in India, Mongolia, Romania and the Ukraine, as well as the efforts of the Acumen Fund and GlobalGiving.com to provide market-based mechanisms to mobilize resources for development.
CEMEFI on-line bibliography provides information on Latin American philanthropy
The Mexican Center for Philanthropy (Centro Mexicano para la Filantropia -- www.cemefi.org) has just made an updated bibliography on its holdings on philanthropy research in Latin America available on its website.
Ten-gallon giving: Philanthropy in Texas Magazine salutes local generosity
The magazine Philanthropy in Texas (www.philanthropyintexas.com) recognizes the activities of philanthropists who support 2,000 foundations and 18,000 other nonprofit organizations within the state. It includes profiles, a community calendar and a discussion of fundraising trends as well as "best practices" aimed at inspiring more giving. Established in 1997 as a free-circulation monthly tabloid, it's now a four-color glossy whose cover features a prominent philanthropist or philanthropic family, including politicians, athletes and business leaders.
New publication examines social justice philanthropy
The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (www.ncrp.org) has released a paper entitled Understanding Social Justice Philanthropy, marking the first phase of an ongoing research project on this topic. Co-authored by John Hunsaker, NCRP's research associate and director of the organization's social justice research project, and Brenda Hanzl, NCRP's former research intern, the paper will be followed later this year by a complete report that will examine the size and scope of the field, accompanied by recommendations.
Alliance magazine examines how foundations are coping with fall in assets and civil society's role in policymaking
The March 2003 issue of Alliance magazine (www.allavida.org/alliance.htm) includes an examination of how foundations involved in international grantmaking are coping with falls in their asset values. The key, according to Barry Gaberman of the Ford Foundation, is realizing that managing the upside, when resources are expanding, is just as important as managing the downside. While none of the foundation leaders surveyed admitted to reducing the proportion of their funds going to international grantmaking, almost all talked of tightening their program focus and of cost-cutting measures within the foundation. The issue also contains a series of articles on the issue of civil society's role in global policymaking, including an discussion of how civil society can help achieve the Millenium Development Goals.
Boston institute provides academic research on philanthropy trends
Since its founding in 1970, the Social Welfare Research Institute (SWRI -- www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/gsas/swri/) at Boston College has been examining the combined influences of spirituality, wealth, philanthropy and other facets of cultural life in our so-called "age of affluence." Recent studies have examined the impact of wealth transfer to the baby-boomer generation; the attitudes and practices of "high-tech" philanthropists; and the "new physics of philanthropy," which examines the "supply side vectors of charitable giving." Publications such as The Spiritual Secret of Wealth: The Inner Dynamics by which Fortune Engenders Care and can be downloaded from the SWRI website.
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