Wealth and Charity

The rich are richer than ever before. We have to keep this in mind when we solicit charitable contributions. The level of wealth for the top one percent – and…
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Smoke and Mirrors

[Note: This post was co-published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy on July 22, 2020.] A great magician relies on diversion. The eyes of the audience go where the magician is drawing…
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Missing Information

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[This article was co-published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy on June 15, 2020.] Our access to information is instantaneous. While having breakfast at 8:00 we know that thunderstorms will be rolling…
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Yes, It’s Political

“What can technologists do to fix the problems facing the nonprofit world?” The question hung in the air for a while. The setting was a recent “hackathon,” an on-line, national…
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Not Bad! Not Bad at All!

I’m a people person, and I prefer my people… in person. I’m also not the most technologically adroit guy. So it was a pleasant surprise to find that most of…
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Time to Put Up and Spend Down

[Note: A version of this post was published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy on April 14, 2020.] The coronavirus pandemic has made us realize – very suddenly – how utterly ill-prepared…
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Vested Interests

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[Note: This post was co-published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy on March 3, 2020.] Over the past few months, a fierce legislative battle has arisen  in California over the mildest of…
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Primary Lessons

[Note: This post was co-published in a slightly edited form in the Chronicle of Philanthropy on February 11, 2020.] I’m a New Hampshire voter, which means that, for this week, at least,…
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