Adam Grant – Givers, Takers, Matchers, and Reciprocity Rings

– Adam Grant   The nonprofit world has largely been built on the importance of giving to accomplish real needs in communities across the globe. Yet, oftentimes giving (or more correctly in my research, Givers) get a bad rap. The fact that we, in our communities, are surrounded by Takers (see below) makes us a…

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Vicki Brannock – Next Generation Giving

– Vicki Brannock   Each generation in American history inevitably inherits a defining set of traits, characteristics and labels that not only identify them as a group but also separate them from the ones before. It isn’t surprising that many of these adjectives and phrases – usually coined by the previous generations – include some…

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Jill O’Donnell-Tormey – Collaboration and Donor Engagement

– Jill O’Donnell-Tormey   Giving has changed significantly in my two-plus decades at the Cancer Research Institute (CRI). When I arrived at CRI, donors believed in our mission and were willing to make donations to do something about cancer, but were less hands-on, trusting the organization to do good. Now donors want to know what…

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Asha Curran – International Day of Giving

– Asha Curran   Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday kick off the holiday shopping season with sales and bargains. #GivingTuesday begins the holiday giving season, refocusing on the importance of giving back. It’s become, through the generosity, creativity and entrepreneurialism of people and organizations, the first global day of giving. #GivingTuesday was created by…

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Tim McCarthy – Giving to Gain

– Tim McCarthy   In helping others, we are always helping ourselves. Both by nature and by nurture, I’ve always felt good about giving. Today, our foundation, The Business of Good, invests millions in “serving those who serve the poor,” but my first lesson in giving was delivered over time by my little sister who had…

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Ben Simon – Bringing Positive Change: Food Recovery Network

– Ben Simon   Millennials, as a generation, are probably both more idealistic and more practical than previous generations. We care a lot about changing the world. We want to shop at businesses that take care of their employees and care about the environment and social responsibility. We want to make a good living, but…

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Nonprofits that Work – Food Recovery Network

Food Recovery Network   At an age when most college students are wrapped up in exams, parties, sports, and courting, a few students at the University of Maryland, College Park, noticed a problem: huge amounts of leftover food from campus dining halls and sports events being thrown away. While students were enjoying meals in dining…

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Wendy Friswell – Collaboration for Ripple Effects

– Wendy Friswell   What if nonprofits could work together to meet the deeper needs of a community? That was the question that was present in our community as we started Spirit of Giving. Spirit of Giving is a collaborative, nonprofit organization with focus on children and families in South Palm Beach County, Florida. It…

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Ross Halleck – Giving is Good Business

– Ross Halleck   At Halleck Vineyard, our raison d’être is “Building Community Through Wine.” What does this mean? Giving is part of our business model. Responsible businesses offer value in multiple ways. Supporting nonprofit efforts is critical to our communities. Wine builds community socially, but an equal passion is leveraging wine to assist nonprofits…

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Point and Counterpoint – Generations in the Nonprofit World

Often in Nonprofit Performance Magazine, we have two viewpoints on topics that impact the overall effectiveness of leaders in a social benefit culture. This isn’t a debate – it’s dialogue from the perspectives of two experienced leaders. The goal is to provide different perspectives to stimulate creative thinking and bring leaders into a new paradigm…

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