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How to Utilize The Philanthropy Outlook

By: Donald M. Fellows

What is the state of philanthropy in the United States and what does the future hold? Up until now, we have relied only on historical data to guide our thinking on this question. Now, for the first time, we have a scientifically constructed econometric model that predicts giving in the near future. While we still…

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Solutions To The 2% Giving Crisis

By: Ann Elizabeth Badger, Ronald J. Arena, Richard Allen Ammons

In a recent edition of Perspectives, my colleague John Cash addressed the “2% Giving Crisis” and asked the question: Why can’t we grow philanthropy in the United States? I believe there is no other more significant problem facing the nonprofit sector today. We are losing ground to other countries, and, more importantly, many of our…

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A Salute to the International $1 Million List

By: John M. Cash, Ph.D.

Last week, Coutts, in conjunction with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University produced the first international list of $1 million+ donors to charity:  International Million Dollar Donors Report For the first time, we have a sense of the power of big gifts within the context of other nations and philanthropic cultures besides…

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The 2% Crisis

By: John M. Cash, Ph.D.

Are we looking at a crisis in American philanthropy?  Even as we collectively marvel at the enormous successes of some of our major research universities securing gifts of unparalleled magnitude and generosity, even as we look at ever larger campaigns, and even as we see annual cash totals exceeding $1 billion at Stanford, is the…

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Mission-Driven ROI

By: Donald M. Fellows

What do you do for a living? How many of us have answered that question by giving our title and a synopsis of our job responsibilities? Aside from how boring that is, think how much more engaging and true it would be to say something such as, “I help make it possible for young people…

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An Expanded View of Philanthropy: Its Past & its Promise for the Future

By: John B. Ford

Marts & Lundy is pleased to announce that John Ford was elected chair of the board by firm members during the firm’s semi-annual staff conference. For the past few years John has worked with several Marts & Lundy clients, including MIT and the National University of Singapore, through his Of Counsel relationship with the firm….

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Philanthropy’s Roller-coaster

By: Donald M. Fellows

This summer’s “philanthropy news” seems to be over-flowing with seemingly contradictory items on whether philanthropy is on an upward or downward spiral. Your personal take may depend on the institution you serve—public colleges and universities are seeing state budget cuts; Yale succeeds with a $4 billion campaign; Union Mission in LA succeeds with a focused…

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