Archives: 03/2011


March 11, 2011 | AUTHOR: Andrew Hastings

Donating Money for Disaster Relief

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In the wake of the earthquakes that struck Japan, many donors will be seeking information on how best to support relief efforts in that part of the world.  Simply put, the most efficient and effective way to help is by donating money to a humanitarian organization operating relief programs in the affected region. Monetary donations are fast and organizations can use them to purchase the exact type and quantity of items they need. Furthermore, a gift of money helps ensure that relief efforts contribute to the long-term sustainability and self-reliance of the affected region.

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March 03, 2011 | AUTHOR: Andrea Rush

The Complexities of Crisis Response

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Last week, I was at a conference on global philanthropy in New York City and a representative with an international humanitarian relief agency was speaking about how her organization handles the huge influx of donations they receive in a crisis relief situation. And then, this morning, I read a great blog post that talks about the complexity of responding to an emergency.

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March 03, 2011 | AUTHOR: Andrew Hastings

What is the Future of Philanthropy?

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As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, a number of leading experts and institutions are attempting to predict future trends and developments in philanthropy. This is a difficult intellectual excercise, but important for donors to keep in mind as they determine their philanthropic goals and objectives.

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March 02, 2011 | AUTHOR: Andrew Hastings

The Practical Side of Giving

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People often discount the practical side of philanthropy.  In my experience, donors have a pretty clear sense of the charities they wish to support. Most often, these include their place of worship, alma mater, or a health care issue that has affected themselves or their family.  What they often lack is context for their giving.

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