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Giving Resolutions 2/5: Give Better, Give More Strategically

September 8th, 2015 by Jennifer Hu Corriggio
In continuing with our series on “giving resolutions” to inspire your current philanthropic habits, our second suggestion is for you to find ways to give better and more strategically. What does that mean? There are of course an infinite number of ways to improve your personal philanthropy, but here are a few straightforward and simple ways to start:
Develop a written giving plan. In Resolution 1, we challenged you to give more, and also stated that before you determine how...

Transforming Civil Society in Western Balkans through Cross-border Collaboration

September 2nd, 2015 by Otar N. Makharashvili
With woods of firs, pines and spruces in the background, representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs) from Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia gathered in Zlatibor, Serbia to pitch project ideas to a group of corporate social responsibility professionals from across the region. Emotions run high, moods swing, exchanges are tense and words of reassurance radiate through the conference space. But nothing about this scene is real! In fact, it’s...

Diaspora Philanthropy, Giving Effectively Across Borders & Emerging Trends in Global Philanthropy

May 15th, 2015 by Otar N. Makharashvili
Over the past few years Diaspora giving has grown significantly stemming from the global mobility of talent and increasing wealth within diaspora communities globally. Simultaneously, philanthropic groups and community foundations in developing countries are increasing their efforts to promote local individual philanthropy and maintain ties with and fundraise from their diasporas as the internet is making it possible for dispersed communities to collaborate, organize and sustain ties across...

Giving Resolutions 1/5 - Give More!

May 7th, 2015 by Jason Franklin PhD
Thanks also to Jennifer Corriggio, Bolder Giving's program fellow, for help in drafting this blog series.
When people ask me what Bolder Giving does, I explain that we work to inspire people to give big and take more risks with their giving. As I prepare to transition out of my role as Bolder Giving’s ED, I want to share a series of blog posts with some of the basic “giving resolutions” I’ve used over the years as possibilities for people to consider as they seek...

Strategies for Funding Racial Justice Organizations

April 16th, 2015 by Babbie Jacobs
In case you missed it, here is the link to the March 2015 conversation, a joint event with Women Donors Network & Bolder Giving featuring bold givers Connie Heller and Cathy Raphael. I don’t know about anyone else but I find this one of the most difficult areas of funding to navigate and to determine how to be effective.
During this heartfelt conversation Connie and Cathy shared their personal journeys and funding strategies as they both continue to try to find ways to provide...

Check Out Class Lives; Stories from Across Our Economic Divide

February 10th, 2015 by Babbie Jacobs
I initially picked up Class Lives to read more about three of our Bold Givers; Anne Ellinger, (also one of the co-founders of Bolder Giving), Jennifer Ladd, and Chuck Collins, but I found myself drawn into each of the 40 very different and unique brief essays from authors who represent a range of classes, genders, races, ethnicities, ages, and occupations across the United States. Class Lives is an anthology of narratives dramatizing the lived experiences of class in America. The contributors...

Giving in Bulgaria

December 15th, 2014 by Jason Franklin PhD
I just got back from speaking at the Bulgarian Donors Forum annual conference in Sofia, one of our partners in Bolder Giving's new Global Donor Storytelling initiative. During my trip, I was interviewed by Vesti, one of the major Bulgarian newspapers. You can read the article (if you speak Bulgarian) or check out the original interview in English below.
Can you point out one giving story that was so touching that inspired you personally?
While there are so many stories we have...

Giving Options in Response to Ferguson

August 15th, 2014 by Jason Franklin PhD
I’ve been getting many questions about how people can help, and especially donate, in support of the organizing being done in response to Ferguson and to support the Brown family and Ferguson residents. Responding to these donor questions, we've pulled together some resources to help you take action. Our support from around the country is still needed!
It’s a changing landscape but here’s what I’ve gathered so far:
Supporting the Brown Family - Sadly scam...

Meet our new Bold Giver - Amb. William vanden Heuvel

July 14th, 2014 by Otar Makharashvili
I'm really excited that today Ambassador William J. vandan Heuvel joined our community of Bold Givers - you can read his story here. I first met Ambassador vanden Heuvel when I was working at the Roosevelt Institute and was inspired by his drive, determination and philanthropy to make history relevant to contemporary generations and to use it as a "guide and illuminating light for political, social and economical decision-making."
Throughout his distinguished and busy career as a lawyer,...

Visualizing a theory of change for your giving - Amazing example from Ford

June 30th, 2014 by Jason Franklin PhD
My friend Jee Kim joined the Ford Foundation two years ago as a program officer with the charge to create a portfolio funding “transformative social change.”
But what is transformative social change? How do you fund it? How do you even define it?
As Jee says, “I started pulling frameworks and theories from sociologists, political scientists, historians and campaign strategists. I ran some of my ideas by colleagues and organizers and other people smarter than me. I...
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