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Nonprofit Philanthropy: More Charles Darwin than Adam Smith?

Posted by Jonathan Peizer on September 12th, 2013

In a recent survey of 121 nonprofit leaders, the Center for Effective Philanthropy found that nearly half (48%) of nonprofit leaders say their foundation supporters are blind to the biggest challenges charities face and could do more to help them meet rising demand for services, train leaders, and deploy new technology, according to a poll […]

Grant Craft: The Case for Implementation Support

Posted by Jonathan Peizer on June 18th, 2013

Philanthropic practice seems to have evolved a bifurcated focus at the beginning (grant approval) and the end (outcome metrics) of a grant. My question is what about the middle, or grant implementation, where philanthropic support is most likely to help a grant succeed? Is philanthropic intervention during the implementation process just meddling, or an opening […]

Relying Primarily on Fund Raising? The Numbers STILL Don’t Add Up

Posted by Jonathan Peizer on March 18th, 2013

Note: This is an update from the original 2010 article as new data has presented itself. I continue to be astounded by the high number of fundraisers being sought on nonprofit job boards. Many nonprofits still think that fundraising for subsidy support as their main source of income is the appropriate strategy. Once a upon […]

This manual is written for grant evaluators in various issue areas trying to make sense of technology grant proposals they receive as well as non-profit grant writers trying to solicit support for their proposals. the ICT challenges and tips presented cut across issue areas and are valid for both the traditional ICT circumstance as well […]

I’ve been pondering a solution to the problem of incentivizing two behaviors in the nonprofit-donor relationship that each want from the other. Donors need program outcome measurements from nonprofits and nonprofits need capacity support from donors. Unfortunately, current sector dynamics don’t incentivize these behaviors and often do the opposite of de-incentivizing them. The real trick […]

Charity Is Not Perfume

Posted by Jonathan Peizer on September 14th, 2012

I just finished reading the Essay by Dan Palotta in the Wall Street Journal entitled Why Can’t We Sell Charity Like We Sell Perfume?. The gist of the article is clear by the title. While I could argue each one of his specific points, the bottom line is that I think the article fails to […]

Heisenberg and the Elusive Measure of SROI

Posted by Jonathan Peizer on January 10th, 2012

I was having a recent discussion with Steven Wright, fellow traveler and Aspiration Board Member and the Director of Social Performance Management Center at Grameen Foundation. We were discussing metrics and Social Return on Investment (SROI) when he posited, “There is no such thing as a social return [on investment]. The specifics of that return […]

The Politics Of Truthiness and the Internet

Posted by Jonathan Peizer on March 14th, 2011

Truthiness is about having the right to one’s own opinions and facts. It becomes a problem when objective facts diverge from the opinions of supposedly trusted sources promoting their perspective as the truth. When Stephen Colbert exercises truthiness (a term he takes credit for coining) he is doing so on Comedy Central and framing it […]

Baby Boomers, J’accuse!

Posted by Jonathan Peizer on March 8th, 2011

My late French grandmother is smiling down from heaven now that I have finally used her mother tongue, and for social commentary no less… On Sunday night (March 07) 60 Minutes did an extremely disturbing heart-wrenching piece called Homeless children: the Hard Times Generation. It described 2 million more kids in the U.S. (about 16 […]

WikiLeaks /Amazon Threat to Internet Speech? NOT!

Posted by Jonathan Peizer on December 3rd, 2010

In her CNN commentary, Rebecca MacKinnon argues that the future of freedom in the internet age depends on holding companies that now act as arbiters of the public discourse accountable to the public interest. I’d argue that in an age of broadened media discourse and citizen journalism it might be useful to distinguish which ones […]