Giving Compass launches giving planner (and it’s awesome)

person using white tablet computerThe Giving Compass giving planner allows you to create your annual philanthropic plan, and manage and analyze your contributions (cash, in kind and volunteering). In addition, they provide input about what others in your demographic are funding and at what levels, which builds philanthropic community and personal accountability.  All of these elements encourage more informed and greater giving. Read more…

Philanthropy is dead. Long live philanthropy.

Philanthropy needs a refresh. It needs to break down the falsely constructed walls between the haves and have-nots, between those that get to attend the auctions and those that benefit from them. It is painful to realize you’ve been complicit in a game that is rigged against others, especially if you felt you were part of the solution. Yet it’s only when we are able to acknowledge this that we can begin to heal the severed part of us and construct a new system. Read more…

Social Justice and the Cloud

cloud_social justiceThis is the possibility of philanthropy I find thrilling: that as our networks become smarter, and provide us with the tools to act more effectively in our world (whether by calling a taxi or rethinking where we shop), we have the increasing ability to question the status quo and find individually powerful ways to give back. Not just a transaction of money and time, but a way of being in the world that allows our doing to be impactful. A transformational way to align our actions with our intent. Read more…

The Story of Money

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We all have a money story in our lives. It’s a story that society shapes for us, one that our parents and friends help nurture. It can be about anxiety as well as freedom, about joy as well as sorrow. The concept of money holds a lot of power, personally and politically; it is abused and misused in our society and economy, creating and filling voids that we never knew we had. It is a way to buy power and influence. Yet it’s important to remember that money is a human creation; it doesn’t exist in nature. Read more…

Values: Your Internal Operating System

all about meDeveloping a solid values framework allows you stand strong in your commitment to see change occur over time – to be an advocate for the long run, not swayed by popular opinion or a newly highlighted charity. Find your thing and stick with it. Especially today, when we are being bombarded at every moment with new things to careaboutdeeply, it helps to focus. Read more…

Make It Personal

Attention-is-the-rarest-and-purest-form-of-generosity.-1I’ll be honest, when I began this journey I didn’t feel much like a generous person. While I recognized generosity as something I valued and I saw how significantly it played into the description of a philanthropist, the word didn’t seem to fit. What was it about this word that was elusive to me? Was it because I attached the definition of generosity with money and the major donors who could give away more than I could? Was it because I equated the word with the selflessness of Mother Theresa, or the commitment of Peace Corp volunteers? Read more…

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…