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The Illusion of Control

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08/2013
Control is one of humankind’s greatest illusions. Let’s face it—even with all the information available and expansive educational preparation—unexpected events often interfere with our plans and our best efforts to control an outcome or an event (and even ourselves!). And what happens to us, to those around us, and to the teams and organizations we lead when things get disrupted?
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More Companies Offering Paid Time Off for Volunteering, Report Finds

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08/2013
According to an annual survey of employment benefits conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, 20 percent of survey respondents offered a volunteer benefit to their employees, a number that has been increasing since 2007. The report, 2013 Employment Benefits (88 pages, PDF), suggests that the practice is driven by a perception among employers that their millennial-generation employees — those born after 1980 — value volunteering for their favorite causes over cash donations to nonprofits, as well as by a sluggish economy that has taken a bite out of corporate philanthropy budgets.
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More than Just Charity – Rethinking Corporate Philanthropy

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08/2013
Corporate philanthropy has historically involved employee-matching programs, community days, and grant-giving. While these programs are certainly needed and much-appreciated, McKinsey notes, “in a majority of cases, CSR has failed to fulfill its core purpose—to build stronger relationships with the external world.” They leave employees, like my friend, wanting to do more, and communities needing more.
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Engaging Donors to Increase Impact

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08/2013
One of the principal challenges funders face is figuring out how to inspire others to join them in addressing the issues they care about most. Although reaching out to potential donors to raise the visibility of an issue or to solicit financial support are two common strategies, often the most effective way to leverage external resources in a meaningful and sustained way is to invest in donor partnerships.
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Nonprofit Finance Fund and The Good Analyst Partner to Offer Impact Investing Services for Foundations

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08/2013
“Impact investing offers exciting new ways for the foundation to partner with donors to advance strategic goals and leverage philanthropic resources for greater impact,” said Peter Taylor, Vice President for Programs at the Maine Community Foundation. “We’ve turned to two knowledgeable and experienced firms to help ensure that the reality of this innovative approach lives up to its potential,” said Taylor, adding, “We expect that impact investing will allow us to support our community in new ways and to attract new donors eager for the opportunity to do the same.”
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Language Audit

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08/2013
Ask Dr. Streamline answers the question "I wanted to ask if you know of any foundations that have conducted language audits of the documents they regularly send to grantees to maximize clarity, user friendliness and overall respect? We’re going to do one and I wanted to see if there were any models we could emulate."
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#Family #Philanthropy and Social Media: A Conversation with @KateWolford, President of @McKnightFdn

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08/2013
Thinking about entering the world of Twitter, but not sure whether it’s a good use of your time? Not sure what to tweet about, who to follow, or how to measure and maximize the value of your time spent on social media? In this month’s edition of Family Giving News, we’re delighted to share the perspectives of family philanthropy leader @KateWolford, long-time president of the @McKnightFdn.
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