Why Philanthropy Matters: ‘The Love That Understands’

Note: Recently, I spent National Philanthropy Day with the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and served as the luncheon keynote speaker. This post on the challenges of philanthropy is adapted from that speech.  Americans are asked to give – and in fact, do give – more to organized charity than the citizens of any other […]

How to Develop Sustainable Fundraising & Employee Engagement Plans Using Social Media

Here are some excerpts from the speech I gave at the America’s Charities annual membership conference at Georgetown University in Washington DC two weeks ago:

New Media, New Haven

A week from today I’ll be speaking to a group of terrific nonprofit leaders in New Haven, CT as part of a day-long program entitled Social Media & Fundraising: Leveraging the Power of New Media For Your Nonprofit. It’s part lecture, part seminar, part workshop and I’m pleased to be once again with my friends […]

Clinton Global Initiative: Deal-Making for Causes

I’m here in the media bunker of the old Sheraton on Seventh Avenue, plugged into the sixth annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting – my fifth, as it turns out. Here’s what I just told a reporter from a major financial newswire about what CGI is in a single sentence: “it’s an investment banking service – […]

Seminar: Social Media and Fundraising

Very pleased to be collaborating with my friends at Cause Effective on a special education session later this month in Newark, NJ. The information from the flyer is below, and we’re very much looking forward to seeing New Jersey nonprofit professionals out in force to talk about social media, fundraising, communications and development. On September […]

At Clinton Confab of Heavy-Hitters, Amplification and Distribution Comes from Below

Putting the imperative issue of civil rights and justice around the world for women and children front and center at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative required intense coordination between CGI and the Obama Administration – starting of course with the world’s foremost power couple. But it also relied on some special sauce that was both […]

At CGI: President Obama Hails Partnership, Collaboration and Vision

President Barack Obama brought a strong message to the audience of a thousand heads of state, diplomates, CEOs, major philanthropists, and movie stars at the Clinton Global Initiative this evening:  “Real progress doesn’t just come from the top down – not just from govt – it comes from the bottom up, from real people.” Kicking […]

The Clinton Global Initiative Loosens Its Digital Tie

Midtown Manhattan is in virtual lock-down, as motorcades shut streets and security agents create instant frozen zones to protect the heads of state here in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. Cabs are worthless hulks of immobile yellow metal. Buses are very nearly short-stay hotel rooms. And the commuter trains and subways run […]

The Twittered Conference: A Richer Experience

Last week in Oxford, I posed a simple question to the audience assembled for my panel at the Skoll World Forum: who was on Twitter? About half the attendees raised their hands. And indeed, the the conference – better known as #SWF09 on Twitter – really become two separate experiences. As Peter Deitz of Social […]

Skoll World Forum Take-Away: Funding for Online Social Activism

My panel yesterday at the Skoll World Forum, courtesy of MakeGood. Lifting a pint in an Oxford pub that celebrated its 500th birthday two years ago with several Skoll World Forum attendees may have provided the exclamation point on a notion that developed during my panel on peer-to-peer philanthropy and microfinance platforms earlier in the […]

Live from the Skoll World Forum

[youtube=]Today, I hosted a terrific panel at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, UK – panelists were Mari Kuraishi of Global Giving, Premal Shah of Kiva, and Mads Kjaer of MyC4. Lots of interaction with the audience, and were teed up well by the ongoing online discussion at Skoll’s Social Edge. Here’s a quick video […]

Open Source Giving: Does It Change the Web?

Next week, I’ll be hosting a panel discussion at the Skoll World Forum at Oxford University that takes its title from one of my favorite John Lennon songs: Power to the People. The discussion will center around online social activism and peer-to-peer philanthropy via networks, and it features a great line-up of social entrepreneurs who […]

Mark Your Calendars: Live Chronicle Discussion

Next Tuesday I’ll be hosting a live lunchtime discussion online for the Chronicle of Philanthropy as part of their terrific Chronicle Live series. The “talk” gets underway at noon EST at the Live site. We’ll be discussing online social activism, digital story-telling, and some tips for foundations and nonprofits in staying ahead of the game […]

Bill Clinton and the Economic Crisis: A Blogger's Chat

The question for philanthropy says former President Bill Clinton, is whether “people give more or less” during the unfolding American financial crisis. “I think there’s at least a 50-percent chance they’ll give more,” he told a small group of bloggers Monday night during a meeting in his suite at the Sheraton New York, site this […]

Lessons from the Political Arena: Personal Democracy in Action

“Can we just put up a site like Barack Obama’s?” Surely I am not the only person working in the philanthropic sector who has been asked that question in the last six months. Even as nonprofits, foundations, social entrepreneurs and activists have forged a new online world of connected activism over the past couple of […]