Philanthropy Inc.

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Harnessing Purity and Pragmatism

Closer to business, nonprofits struggle with their ideals

As walls between nonprofit and corporate worlds crumble, organizations wonder: Do we stick to our activist guns – or do we cross the divide and work with business? Both pure and pragmatic strategies exact their costs. (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

Fight Club

Charities, vying for fewer dollars, are merging - and being subjected to hostile takeovers

Among nonprofits large and small, an almost private-sector-style merger mania is taking hold. Some are marriages of convenience; some are unions born of frantic necessity, and others are sparked by shared passions and strategic goals, along with the possibilities of collaboration versus competition. (Contribute Magazine)


The American Red Cross just hired its seventh CEO since 2002 and laid off some 1,000 employees in March. What’s the problem at the nation’s oldest nonprofit? (Contribute Magazine)

Cute and Lucrative

In spurring generosity, the human mind prefers a mammal-like face

When it comes to eliciting goodwill, the human mind plays favorites. Money is more likely to flow to benefit the conservation of pandas, a celebrity species, than the endangered but far less heralded carrion-scavenging American burying beetle. (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

Crisis Mentality

Why crises draw more money than chronic conditions

Kashmir, 2005: After the earthquakeGenerosity follows headline calamities, while responses to quieter sufferings can be underwhelming. Psychological experiments and evolution of the brain help explain why – and suggest how nonprofits can better retain donors’ commitment amid louder causes. (Stanford Social Innovation Review)


Cute and lucrative We’re more generous to those that look like us.

Lost & Found

One nonprofit's struggle to maintain its identity —and funding—in an era of rapid change.

Thanks to a financial crisis exacerbated by the impact of 9/11 and changes in the value of its investments, a venerable New York nonprofit now finds itself with an identity crisis, struggling to redefine itself for the 21st century. (Contribute Magazine)