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Philanthropists Are Giving Ineffectively: Review of Eric Friedman’s Book Reinventing Philanthropy

Reinventing Philanthropy gets under your skin like a dentist’s advice to floss. You know in your head you should do it but don’t always feel like taking the time.

Eric Friedman simply wants giving to be effective. What does that mean? He wants people to engage in thinking critically about the world’s greatest needs and our best solutions. He is frustrated. “Giving is too often about making the donor feel better and too infrequently about making those in need better” (12). So Friedman wants to reinvent philanthropy and make the new normal—utilitarian, issue-agnostic donors who support charities offering “the greatest help to the greatest number of people” (182).

How does Friedman motivate donors to practice high-impact philanthropy?

Tags: Strategic Giving, Problem-Solving Philanthropy, Effective Philanthropy, Charitable Giving

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Why International Adoption Isn't the Solution for Orphans

International adoptions have dropped 60% since 2004. UN policies, government regulations and high costs are to blame. Millions of orphans suffer through life without a healthy family context. All these facts that Both Ends Burning, STUCK, and now Foster Friess are sharing are true. But you won't find my name on the STUCK petition at change.org or my footprints in DC during the May 17 "step forward for orphans march." I've learned too much to believe international adoption is a scalable solution for a world full of orphans.

Tags: Strategic Giving, Problem-Solving Philanthropy, Effective Philanthropy, International adoption

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Solving Problems that Concern You: Comprehensive Giving Portfolios

Do you give for the good feeling you get or for specific results you want to achieve?  To be honest, most of us land somewhere in-between.  We see a need and want to help.  But, what if we see a big problem and actually want to solve it?
 
If you want to start solving problems that concern you instead of just supporting projects you admire, then I recommend a comprehensive giving portfolio that addresses the problem's short-term and long-term effects and provides credible solutions to the root causes.

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