Published by Peggy on 15 Nov 2011 at 12:52 pm
Philanthropy Day is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy has made to our lives. It is a voluntary giving act that can take many different forms, and this is what makes it so powerful. Giving to charitable organizations rose 2.1% (adjusted for inflation) in 2010; total giving by individuals, foundations, and corporations was $290.89 billion according to Charity Navigator.
There was a recent Twitter conversation on What role should philanthropy play in strengthening the U.S. economy? Participants shared advice on partnerships between nonprofits and foundations with businesses and government, discussed how they are working to help communities become more competitive, and offered suggestions about what the nonprofit world can do to be more effective in spurring economic growth.
I have recently read quite a lot of great books and blog posts on philanthropic giving and wanted to share them:
- You’re seriously over-farming your donors by Chris Abraham. This is a great piece which really made me smile. I know, at WiserEarth, we have been reaching out to the same donors over and over, and we do indeed need to rest the land and spend more time to appreciate our supporters!
- Are Your Donors Superheros or Cash Machines? by Amy Einsenstein. It starts with a simple fact but a very important one: “people give to satisfy their own needs, not the needs of your organization”. So many organizations forget about it!
- Giving 2.0 by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen. I have been reading Giving 2.0 and just want to share it with everyone. It is such an important book as its message is very clear and simple: philanthropy is not just about $$. Every one can be a philanthropist, donate time, expertise.
Beth Kanter did an great blog post entitled “Good News for Giving 2.0: Your Organization’s Champions Are Your Most Valuable Resource“.
I feel blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing non profits leaders, Happy Philanthropic Day!
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