Let’s build on—not try to fix—overwithholding.
The new book Scarcity provides critical insights for designing better anti-poverty programs, but not for allocating scarce philanthropic resources.
Giving Tuesday seems poised to be a permanent fixture in the philanthropic landscape. So what’s the theory of change behind it?
Despite years of claiming the contrary, donors still don’t really care about nonprofit performance or impact.
Pushing back against efforts that are likely to lead to disappointment, and three ways we might reframe the initiative.
The effort to make giving public and start a “giving season” won’t materially affect giving in any positive way.
We must be willing to continually examine and test our core convictions and assumptions, and confirm that they are worth holding.
We’re a long way from bringing the real cost of social capital in line with commercial capital.
An essential skill for innovators and entrepreneurs is the ability to turn success into failure.
Useful knowledge for the social sector coming from academic researchers is severely limited.
A summary of articles and discussions about the Gates Foundation’s impact on global social change.
In the wake of the announcement of the intent to GOOD to absorb Jumo, questions arise about form, functions, policy, and societal value.
An analysis of Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo’s book Poor Economics.
Not every organization should become an institution. But long-term change really is dependent on institutions.
The problem with “changing the world” is that it probably involves invoking impossibly superficial means to address oversimplified problems.
A look at several troubling developments in microfinance.
I think the current moment is the beginning of the golden years for microfinance.
I believe that cause marketing programs erode the joy of giving, turn consumers into cynics, and contribute to the overall loss of faith and trust in the nonprofit sector.
What are the most important signs of progress in social capital markets in the last 10 years?
For nonprofits working on social change, data and data visualization are extremely valuable.
Donors are getting exactly what they want from their charitable giving—the market is efficient, even highly so.
We need more good examples and fewer good intentions in social entrepreneurship and humanitarian design.
Foundation program officers—a case for empathy.
Obama could have radically changed the debate on how to allocate charitable funds if he had detailed the set of criteria used to donate his Nobel Peace Prize award money.
Patient optimists have lowered their expectations of any particular program or intervention, but not their belief in a better world over the long term.