Is this the future of Philanthropy? Plus 5 campaign tips!

A recent Nonprofit Quarterly article by Kathi Jaworski discusses Bill Somerville’s post on the National Center for Responsive Philanthropy blog. Somerville predicts “more risk taking” while “seeking out and funding outstanding people and organizations.” Read Jaworski’s story here: The Nonprofit Quarterly | Pinch Me I Must Be Dreaming: Is This the Future of Philanthropy?.

Neil Sagebiel wrote about Hollins University’s successful campaign results despite challenging economic times. His first piece of advice: “Be clear about who you are, where you’re going and how gifts are going to make a difference.” Read his 5 Fundraising Tips now.

Remembering 9.11.01: the bad, the good and the charitable

Slide66Two weeks ago, we celebrated the tenth birthday of our first-born son. It was impossible then, and most especially today, to ignore how life as we knew it forever changed when he was only 14 days old.

It is fitting that today, the tenth anniversary of 9.11, we pay tribute to the victims, heroes and charitable legacies reluctantly established after the horrible attacks.

Here are some recent articles and websites offering perspectives: (more…)

Transparency In Giving | Foundation Center

Slide38“We think that the foundation should have glass pockets.” -Russell Leffingwell, Chair, Carnegie Corporation, 1952 is a website created by the Foundation Center that focuses on transparency and accountability practices of small to large foundations. As discussed on, foundations are using the internet and social media to be more accessible to the public than ever before. You may want to follow their blog: Transparency Talk. The Foundation Center site is chock-full of all sorts of goodies including:

Stand Out: Pete Cooper, President of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga

Stand outWelcome to the debut interview of  Stand Out, an original Q & A series. Allow me to introduce you to my friend, colleague and local rock star fundraiser Pete Cooper, President of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga.

Q: Pete, How long have you been in the development business?

A: My primary job at the Community Foundation is fundraiser. I have been doing that for 21 years. But before that, while I was in the Trust Department of SunTrust Bank, (more…)