Creating New Models

The emergence of social investing and civic engagement as philanthropic tools provides individuals with new ways to get directly involved with their giving. This transition shifts the power from the elite donor (a few individuals interested in direct service aid to broad humanitarian goals by donating large sums of money) to the network donor (many individuals of all income levels, focused on using a systems approach and giving with others to personalized projects); and I would argue that we’re quickly moving past the network donor to the hive donor, which I’ll explore at a later date. In addition, traditional charities are no longer the sole experts at solving social problems; social entrepreneurs have emerged with system-changing ideas. Technology and our ability to connect with each other as a global community has created opportunities for on-the-ground, real time, tangible change with Read more…

Join the Philanthropy Revolution: become a better philanthropist

In the Spring of 2014, a 9 year old boy named Hector from Texas heard about a local fire that took the lives of a young mother and her daughter. When he was told that some people didn’t have smoke alarms installed in their homes, and that this simple solution could have saved their lives, he decided to act. He used the $300 he’d saved to purchase a PlayStation 4 and bought 100 smoke detectors for people in his community, which the local fire department installed. He was quoted as saying, “I decided saving a life was more important.” Out of the mouths of babes. We are living through a momentous time in history, and we are being bombarded with immediate and imminent threats on both personal and societal levels. As individuals, we are being called to decide what is Read more…