Stress Test

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Fewer and fewer Americans are making charitable contributions, and we need to ask ourselves why. Certainly, economics plays a major role. “Gilded Giving 2018,”a report from the Institute for Policy…
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Plucking

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When a philanthropist pays off the college loans of 400 students, that’s a good thing, right? Absolutely! During his recent speech at the Morehouse College graduation, Robert F. Smith shocked…
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Hubris

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Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, is the richest person in the world. He obviously has remarkable expertise in starting and running a technology and retail giant. But when it…
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Playing the Percentages

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Ah: the end of the year! Donors are racing to register their charitable contributions before January first. Nonprofits are counting on a December bounty. But what, besides tax advantages, is…
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Roger’s Rule

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The most generous donors don’t want to pay for everything themselves. When I was a young (still in my twenties) executive director of a small human service agency we had…
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