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Philanthropy Impact Magazine

Autumn 2013

Philanthropy Impact Magazine

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If philanthropy is to grow and thrive, it needs vigorous international debate. That has been the guiding principle of ‘Philanthropy Impact Magazine’ since we launched earlier this year.
 
We are delighted that our readers have risen to the challenge and so many of you want to be writers! This edition opens with David Gold taking on our ‘Secret Philanthropist’ again, responding to the article ‘Philanthropists should join the war on waste’ in the
last edition, and Ira Lieberman makes the case for microfinance, rising to the last ‘Hoffman’s Challenge’. Richard Ross shares his joy of philanthropy and invites others to become involved.
 
We hope that this edition similarly provokes. Our theme this month is match funding: Michael reviews the landscape, Caroline Fiennes weighs the evidence, Rob Williamson looks at the impact on community foundations and Michael Brophy has a radical proposal
for future funding. Of course, match funding could be considered a form of subsidy, which raises questions regarding the tools governments use to encourage giving: from gentle nudging to tax policies. The Secret Development Director, yes a new aspect to the magazine, looks at nudging, Richard Cassell and Martyn Gower consider tax reliefs and Gerry Salole describes the potential of the European Foundation Statute all giving an international flavour.
 
This issue also features stories on Giving Tuesday, philanthropy education, philanthropy research, and leadership within social enterprises.
 
We hope you appreciate this issue as much as we have enjoyed compiling it. What do you think? We’d love to know, email editor@philanthropy-impact.org

Magazine contents

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Governments and private donors are embracing match funding as a way to boost giving. How far should this tool to promote philanthropy go? The Greek mathematician Archimedes boasted that with...
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Many fundraisers tell us that donors give more if a match is available, that is, somebody else will also give if, and only if, they give. Fundraisers’ confidence is based...
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“I believe that this generation could see a revolution in our social economy comparable to the revolution in the commercial economy in the 1980s. That is the revolution that I...
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UK giving may not be growing, but the number of ideas dreamt up to make people give more, or better, seems to be increasing. One method that has been around...
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There are 12,957 charitable foundations registered in Switzerland as of the end of 2012. This represents one foundation for every 650th Swiss citizen. The country is well recognized for its...
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I recently met with an expert in the field of psychology of philanthropy who asked me why does my family give proportionately such a large amount to philanthropy and why...
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Imagine that yesterday, there was horrifying news of a natural catastrophe in a remote part of (say) Indonesia, with great loss of life and fearsome numbers of the population evacuated...
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How effective is a government charity tax policy? It is axiomatic that philanthropy is a Good Thing, that citizens are more virtuous if they participate in philanthropy, and that governments...
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In his opening speech at Institute of Fundraising’s conference in London in July 2013 Mark Astarita , Director of Development British Red Cross, said that “whilst charity leaders [CEOs and...
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Since 2009, the beginning of the economic recession and subsequent Government spending cuts, we have seen a multitude of initiatives to encourage increased giving from the private sector to fill...
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It is my belief that the present chaotic economic situation could lead to a change of direction politically as dramatic as happened in 1906 (Lloyd George), 1944 (Beveridge) and 1979...
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1. In Imperial China, before the communists did away with personal wealth, the wealthiest families who were landlords or warlords were expected, and usually did, take care of the poor...
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" Interesting idea, but you should leave it a year.. ." Summer 2012 Coming from a mentor to countless entrepreneurs, with an appetite for experiment, this was not the encouragement...
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For over ten years pet owners have enjoyed more freedom and rights across Europe than philanthropic donors and charitable foundations do, and this year these rights have been further enhanced...
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For about 30 years, philanthropy has emerged as a dynamic field of academic inquiry, in most if not all social sciences. Before that, philosophers and historians were arguably the only...
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If I ask you to think about social enterprise leadership, you will likely call to mind a host of founders of social change organisations, whose names are often better known...
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Two days after arriving at Stanford University, I found my way to the School of Education by the clock tower at the heart of campus. As a visiting practitioner I...
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Microfinance is amongst the premier social or as currently termed impact investment sectors. In the sector’s early years, 1980s to the mid-90s, if people knew anything of the microfinance sector,...
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Since 2007, compelling evidence has steadily emerged that not only are inequality and global climate change growing in intensity, but also these two phenomena are metastasizing into systemic threats to...
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There is so much to agree with in this article, but unfortunately the case is built on fantasy logic rather than the reality of how things really work between the...

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