Have you ever thought about how technology has affected philanthropy? Does technology impact the way we think about philanthropy? We know technology has affected many aspects of our lives, and of course it has also impacted foundations and philanthropic initiatives. There are many ways in which technology has impacted philanthropy, one of the most important changes is the communication, nowadays it is possible for grantees to communicate with their donors in real time, using different platforms like social media, or even though mobile devices. This allows a more interactive conversation; more people can join the discussions about the topics they are interested in.
The world is difficult to predict, many things can go in a different way as planned, and the social sector is no exception. The list of things that can go wrong is huge, from natural disasters, to lack of funding, etc.
To get a better understanding of what can go wrong, Open Road Alliance conducted an analysis of 102 applications from the past five years. The results of this research provide the first ever empirical dataset on “what goes wrong” in impact focused projects.
Is there a decrease in Americans donating to charity?
A research called Philanthropy Panel Study, conducted by Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, has shown a decrease in America’s donor base. This research shows that charities are receiving a smaller amount of money today, than they received at the year 2000. American donors are donating less money than they used to donate, and this phenomenon is occurring across all demographics, and the reductions in donations are presents in religious groups, and middle-age donors, who are typically the kind of people who donate the most money to charities.
This year (2018) equal pay day was celebrated on April 10th. According to the Equal Pay Day Organization, the term “equal pay day” refers to the approximate date the typical woman must work into the new year to earn what the typical man made at the end of the previous year. The typical women must work 15 months in order to make the same amount that men will make in 12 months.
Is America the most generous country in the world?
According to the United Kingdom-based CAF America Report 2015, an international nonprofit organization, part of the WGI (World Giving Index), America is the second most generous country in the world. Among over than 145 countries surveyed, the first place of generosity is occupied by Myanmar, with an overall score of 66%, and the United States of America comes in second place with an overall score of 61%.
Giving Tuesday is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. In the United States is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
Giving Tuesday started in 2012. The announcement of this idea was made by Giving Tuesday founding partner Mashable, a technology website. Additional founding partners listed in the story were Skype (launching Skype for Peace) and Cisco. Other news and opinion websites that announced Giving Tuesday well in advance were the Huffington Post, and Deseret News. Even Forbes used the occasion to publish a guide to effective giving.
Volunteering in the United States of America
Volunteering is great, it has many benefits, and it seems that the world is noticing it. In 2007, the Corporation for the National and Community Service published an article revealing the health benefits of volunteering. The research indicated that volunteering provides not just social benefits, but individual health benefits as well. Surprisingly, people that volunteer have lower mortality rates, and lower rates of depression, compared with individuals that do not volunteer. One of the key findings of this study is that older volunteers are more likely to receive greater health benefits from volunteering than younger people.
Contingency funding in philanthropy
A Philanthropist is a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation of money to good causes. To obtain the desired outcomes it is necessary take into consideration the risk and the return of the philanthropic investment. In the recent years, philanthropy has made big efforts to build monitoring and evaluations systems that are useful to measure the return of the philanthropic investment, normally described as impact. Unfortunately, philanthropists have not invested the same amount of resources in measure and risk mitigation.
Global Leadership Lab at Georgetown
The 21st of September was a not a usual day for Atlas Corps. On this day, the Global Leadership Lab (GLL) was held at Georgetown University, one of the most prestigious universities in the United States. The lecture was insightful, engaging and the speaker maintained the audience’s attention throughout.
Contingency protocols, are an important part of risk management. Let’s remember that risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats that can affect an organization. These threats, or risks, could stem from a wide variety of sources, including financial uncertainty, legal liabilities, strategic management errors, accidents and natural disasters. A contingency plan is a proposal devised for an outcome other than in the usual (expected) plan, and non-profits, and NGOs are not different from other organizations, in the sense, they are not safe from all those risks, that is why it is important for them to generate contingency protocols.