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The Future Of Philanthropy Is with The Cupcake Bakers

Excellent example of the inter-generational differences between ‘traditional’ philanthropists and the new, younger generation emerging today…talk of earned revenue financing micro-loans for those in need certainly is a different dialogue from what traditional philanthropy has been about in the past. The Future Of Philanthropy Is with The Cupcake Bakers

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Philanthropy Doesn’t Fund The Status Quo

I was at a dinner recently with a group of educators and administrators – high school principals, school district superintendents, a college dean – and the discussion, as one might expect, veered into the tremendous challenges facing public school districts in the current budget climate in California.  While we all lamented the fact that in […]

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When LINsanity Comes to Philanthropy

Interesting link between the philosophy of taking risks on unproven players (like current NBA New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin) and the importance of taking risks in philanthropy – both as donors and as non-profit organizations reliant upon philanthropic dollars. This quote from Nathan Cummings Foundation trustee Jaimie Mayer Phinney stuck with me: “I think […]

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Talking Shop and Making Friends “Across The Pond”

I had the great pleasure of serving on a panel last week discussing the future of philanthropy in higher education, specifically for schools in England. The panel participated in an online chat session that proved both very engaging for me, as the lone American represented, and for my six fellow panelists as we compared experiences […]

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The Power of Legacy Stories: A Daughter’s Love

Here’s a compelling story capturing the impact of alumni legacy stories. Famous or not, alumni of our institutions have life stories to tell, and facilitating that as part of the cultivation and/or stewardship phases for that alumnus/alumna and his/her family can be very powerful. I’ve had the great fortune to be a part of discovering […]

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