Leading Together for Greater Impact

Philanthropy is demonstrating leadership by coming together, pooling resources and capitalizing on our own institutional strengths. I call this process Leading Together.

By organizing around a foundation’s core strengths and by embracing the best thinking from the nonprofit sector, scholarship, science and business, we will be able to have a much greater impact as a community of funders than we will […]

Philanthropy Starts After Profits Are Tallied

Foundations are the new Birkin bags. Everyone who is anyone has one. Giving is now chic. Far from being in denial about it, many wealthy people fret over rising inequality these days, in public and in private.

When they do, giving invariably comes up — whether traditional charity, multiple-bottom-line investing or corporate social responsibility.

What is less fashionable to talk about is […]

Are Nonprofits Getting in the Way of Social Change?

According to the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, business as usual isn’t enough to deliver the results we need. “The nature of our times is such that the magnitude and degree of complexity of our challenges exceed the capacity of any one sector to resolve,” said Stephen Huddart, McConnell’s president and CEO. To support transformation of the nonprofit sector, McConnell created […]

Wells Fargo Donates $1.1 Billion to Nonprofits Over the Past Four Years

In 2011, Wells Fargo set a goal to donate $1 billion to nonprofit groups by 2017. The company achieved that goal three years early.

“Caring for our communities and helping individuals and families is one of the most important things we do at Wells Fargo and is a strong part of our culture,” said Jon Campbell, head of Wells Fargo Government […]

JetBlue’s Secret for Sustainability Liftoff

JetBlue started with the idea that the better you treat people, both your own and outside of the company, the better the experience, the better the product, the better the profit.

From that, JetBlue grew up with a very strong CSR in philanthropy. It grew a robust and generous program focused on community needs like literacy and the importance of play […]

Social Entrepreneurship Today

With concepts and movements such as social entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility, it is crucial that we pay close attention to the persuasive uses of the terms as well as to their practical implication. All of them are contested, value-laden labels that can be used to reference a wide variety of interests, motives, activities and outcomes.

Depending upon the way in […]