Weekly News Recap: March 18, 2016

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Events and activities

Philanthropic personalities

Trends and shifts

  • Can China's New Charity Law Fix a Dismal Donation Rate? More on our ongoing look at charitable giving in China. China's dismal donation rate is attributed primarily to a lack of faith in charities in China. It will be interesting to see if this law changes this perception. (3/17/16)

  • Speed Museum Turns to a Spreadsheet to Increase Diversity Using a 'board matrix' to help diversify board composition is a great idea. I wish more boards would do this. (3/15/16)

  • European Museums Are Shifting to American Way of Giving "The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has seen government funding drop to 40 percent of the budget after supplying as much as 70 percent in 2012. The museum’s development office now has 15 people, up from three in 2009." The more things stay the same, the more they change (or is it the other way around?). (3/15/16)

  • Three Trends for the Next 50 Years Deflation, chemistry, employee-free society. Interesting. "Idea sex." Chemistry is the one that I think will make the biggest impact. What do you think? (3/14/16)

Philanthropic Controversy

Tools and talent


  • Ten things the charity sector needs to do to restore its reputation This is a follow up story from a previous post about problems with the U.K. charity sector. Good stuff here. Thanks to Mick Mulloy for sharing the link. (3/3/16)

  • Sorry about All That “Impact Revolution in Philanthropy” Stuff "...why he would continue to say from his bully pulpit at Charity Navigator that donors were increasingly clamoring for information proving impact even when the research (that’s right – the research) in no way supported that..." Amen. Glad to hear that many are going back on their earlier comments about 'impact'. These comments were very damaging and...costly to the nonprofit sector. (3/4/16)


Life and career hacks

Studies, facts, and stats

Large Gifts

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