Nonprofit Endowments and Values-Driven Investing

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Apr 13, 2015

Current efforts to pressure colleges and universities to divest from fossil fuel companies demonstrate why most nonprofits should adopt official investment policies – policies that take values into account. 

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How is Fundraising Like March Madness?

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Apr 09, 2015

When the games is on the line, a team’s best player has to want the ball and embrace the pressure of taking the last shot. The same mentality comes in handy in the running of fundraising campaigns. 

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In Defense of Pre-Campaign Assessments

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Mar 20, 2015

The author of a controversial, forthcoming book about philanthropy challenges the usefulness of Pre-Campaign Assessments. 

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The Need for Jewish Nonprofits to Lobby on Behalf of Charitable Giving

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Mar 17, 2015

Jewish Federations of North America has taken a leading role in lobbying against any curtailment of tax deductions for charitable contributions. All Jewish groups should join in the effort.

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Alumni Giving Is Down, But Does It Matter?

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Mar 16, 2015

Donations to educational institutions are at an all time high, but the rate of alumni giving has begun to fall. Should institutions care if they are already raking in huge donations? 

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Jobs, Gates and How Philanthropy Shapes Their Legacies

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Mar 16, 2015

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were born in the same year and each became synonymous with the digital revolution. Who, ultimately, will history deem the more important figure? Will Gates’ embrace of philanthropy push him over the top? 

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Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Question: What happens if a much-anticipated lead gift never materializes? How can a campaign recover?

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Five Fundraising Steps for Houses of Worship

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Mar 04, 2015

American philanthropy may be surging, but giving to houses of worship is lagging. What steps can houses of worship take to achieve fundraising success in a still challenging environment?

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With Tax Code Changes Looming, Nonprofits Must Speak Up

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Feb 26, 2015

In the past, many nonprofits have been afraid to advocate politically. While no one is suggesting nonprofits step into the partisan fray, nonprofit leaders must make their voices heard on legislation and policy proposals that directly impact charitable giving. 

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$1 Million Gifts to Jewish Oranganizations

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Feb 23, 2015

It is no secret that many of the wealthiest American Jews allocate the bulk of their philanthropic dollars to worthy, but not specifically, Jewish causes. By reviewing a list of $1 million donations made in 2014, Robert Evans examines this trend but tries to get beyond it by asking a different question: Is the Jewish community adequately trumping and celebrating its biggest gifts?

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