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Blog Posts: Effective Philanthropy


Why Christian Ministries Should Measure Results: A Response to the mantra "Aim for Faithfulness Not Results!"

“The kingdom path links success to obedience rather than outcomes.” That is the mantra from ECFA's new book The Choice: The Christ-Centered Pursuit of Kingdom Outcomes. Hoag, Rodin & Willmer have been publishing articles in multiple outlets (like OUTCOMES magazine) to push this message to faith-based nonprofits. Since Excellence in Giving clients fund many faith-based nonprofits, we care about the accuracy and consequences of this message. Unfortunately, the baby is being thrown out the door with the bath water. 

Tags: Performance Standard, Impact, Nonprofit Performance, Effective Philanthropy

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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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The Joy of Generosity that Fuels Effective Giving

Do you still enjoy your giving? In a world of professional philanthropy conferences, philanthropy journals and "giving gone wrong" headlines, giving can become one more skill to master or task to manage. My daily research into the performance and impact of grantees has the real potential to strip away the joy of generosity. It can become all head and no heart. Site visits can feel like audits. Grant impact reports can relieve the worry of wasting gifts rather than excite you about the difference the gift has made.

To be honest, you may wonder if it really matters.

 

Tags: Strategic Giving, Generosity, Joy of Giving, Effective Philanthropy

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