Resources & Links
Activities, Web sites and other cutting-edge information for global givers
Wealthiest 400 could comfortably afford to give billions more
The wealthiest 400 US tax filers could have comfortably donated $19 billion more than they actually did between 1997 and 2000 without sacrificing lifestyle, according to NewTithing Group, a nonprofit donor education and research organization founded by philanthropist and retired money manager Claude Rosenberg. The full report is available online at www.newtithing.org, which and also contains PrudentPal (a web-based charitable giving planner), a guide to assessing nonprofit accountability, and an analysis of giving capacity for various wealth levels, Wealth and Affordable Donations in Uncertain Times. (Philanthropy News Online, January 8, 2004)
Book offers insights into successful social entrepreneurs
The January 2004 Changemakers Journal (www.changemakers.net/journal/04january) features an interview with David Bornstein, author of the new book How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas. A journalist who specializes in writing about social innovation, Bornstein interviewed more than 90 social entrepreneurs as background for the book, many of them Ashoka Fellows. In addition to lively and compelling profiles of the nine individuals ultimately selected because of their transformative impact on their communities, the book offers observations on the underreported story of social entrepreneurism, discusses what distinguishes successful social enterpreneurs (single minded desire to transform society) and provides recommendations for those interested in changing the world. The book takes a global focus, says the author, "because the world's most creative problem solvers are to be found in poorer countries, where they have to reach far more people with less money, so they have to be especially innovative to advance solutions to scale."
Alliance Magazine offers in-depth look at civil society infrastructure
The March 2004 issue of Alliance magazine looks at the state of civil society infrastructure around the world and offers insights from the experts on building and sustaining vital and effective citizen organizations. Online, the December issue of Alliance Extra (www.allavida.org/alliance/axdecc03.html) includes an overview of the growing field of social entrepreneurship and provides a road map of who's doing what in the field today. Alliance is a publication of Allavida, an international development organization working to enable local action.
Conference highlights local resource mobilization
The Resource Alliance's Fifth International Workshop on Resource Mobilization (IWRM) will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa on 26-28 March. Now in its fifth year, the IWRM is a key forum for training and policy discussion on local resource mobilization. Featuring up to 30 leading international experts and practitioners, this year's program will provide cutting edge training in all aspects of resource mobilization, including fundraising, communication and accountability, and devotes a day to policy issues in the South. The IWRM is being held in conjunction with the CIVICUS World Assembly in Botswana and the two events are being held back to back. For more information, visit www.resource-alliance.org or email email@example.com.
First annual world forum on social entrepreneurship set for Oxford
The newly established Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University's Saïd Business School will host the first annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, March 29-31, 2004. The gathering aims to generate a new strategic agenda for social entrepreneurship by bringing together the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field from around the world. For more details, visit www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/html/faculty_skoll_forum.asp.
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