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Regina Mahone
New York, NY
Interests: Staff Writer at Philanthropy News Digest, a service of the Foundation Center -- interested in the programs, orgs, and people who are doing social good
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Thank you, Michael, for stopping by and adding to Andy and Karen's list of some of the other areas in the LGBTQ community that need to be addressed. According to the Forty Years of LGBTQ Philanthropy report, international organizations received about 9.41 percent of overall LGBTQ funding between 1970 and 2010, and 50 percent of international giving went to organizations based in the United States. Like many of the LGBTQ issues, international organizations could use a boost.
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Great post, Reilly. One thing I would add to your list of ways Millennials are changing the face of philanthropy: We understand that philanthropists in the next decade will need to be more resilient and willing to shift direction when a better solution to a social problem presents itself. Some call us capricious, but when push comes to shove Millennials are showing others – their family, friends, or colleagues -- how to be more flexible and eager to try new things until the right solution presents itself.
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Geri, thank you for reminding us that "no-profit motives are not necessary as long as some social good is accomplished." At a time when 8.7 percent of the workforce is unemployed, Pepsi and GOOD have boosted morale through the Refresh Project by enabling everyday Americans to improve their communities. Of course, we don't want to set the bar too low either. Corporations have taken to social networking sites because that's where we (their customers) are. As participants in this new "Values Revolution," we have to make sure we're holding businesses accountable, in the same way that nonprofits are (or should be) accountable to their donors.
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Hi Ed--thanks for stopping by. I just came across this Fast Company blog post from Alice Korngold on crowdsourcing corporate philanthropy campaigns. In the post, Korngold writes: Old corporate giving, 10 – 20 years ago: Decisions were made behind closed doors, among a small, select, close-knit group of people. New corporate philanthropy, often part of the CSR strategy: Decisions draw on the collective wisdom of diverse groups of people of all generations and backgrounds....The value: Good for business, and better funding decisions to improve communities and the world. As Korngold's entire post makes clear, you're not missing anything.
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DJ, I couldn’t agree more. Not to align the project with its CSR goals would be a disservice to stakeholders.
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No problem, Katya. Thanks for dropping by - we appreciate your feedback!
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Our pleasure, Allyson.
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No problem! We look forward to following the conversation.
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Kathryn, the only mention of foundation support for the film's social action campaign that I could find appears in a Fortune magazine article. After listing grants for charter school programs that were announced during the week the film was released, the article's author writes, the Denver-based Charter School Growth Fund, a nonprofit venture capital fund, announced on Wednesday that they had secured $80 million in initial commitments toward $160 million expansion fund, with donations coming from the Walton Family Foundation and the Doris & Donald Fisher Fund, organizations supporting the Waiting for Superman social action campaign. The fund also announced that it would give $20 million to six charter school networks, also known as charter management organizations, two of which are parent organizations of schools featured in the documentary (KIPP LA Prep and Harlem Success Academy). And charter schools across the country have organized with Paramount Pictures to schedule screenings over the next couple of weeks, both to rally their current base of donors and to attract new ones.... With all its moving parts, Waiting for 'Superman' has certainly become "an advocacy and education project with real potential for change." I couldn't agree more.
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Happy to! Thanks for stopping by, Geoff.
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Geoff, we enjoy reading your blog and are happy to include it in the roundup. Thanks for stopping by!
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Thanks, Mazarine, for sharing your thoughts. Do you think nonprofits unable to meet the needs of Gen Y in today's economy should take responsibility "for the people they are focusing on" and offer alternative services? If so, what might some of those programs look like?
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Nonprofit orgs need to offer us real career opportunities. They need to offer decent wages, good training, professional development, and expect a lot out of us (and clearly communicate those expectations!). While I completely agree with you, I'm hesitant to shake my fist at the nonprofit sector for its low wages. As Robert Reich points out in an op-ed printed in today's New York Times, the top 1 percent of American families take home (or took home in 2007) 23.5 percent of the nation's total income. I think many nonprofits don't offer better wages because they don't have it to give. Nevertheless, that is no excuse for an organization to "take advantage" of its volunteers or employees. There are, however, a lot of really great nonprofits out there with decent wages and benefits -- I hope you don't give up on the sector just yet. Thank you for sharing your story, Lillyheart.
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If a potential candidate interviews at an organization that caters to a minority community but all the decision makers (board members, directors and program officers) are not representative of the community, he or she would probably question the organization's beliefs and practices. I agree. Not only will the candidate question the org's beliefs and practices, but I think they'll also feel like an outsider if they're hired. Naeema, thanks for sharing your experience. -Regina
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Mazarine, thanks for the note! I like your suggestion here (to go where people of color are) and in your post (to host college and/or high school student interns). Good ideas. Thanks again for sharing! --Regina
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Jay, in your post you suggest nonprofits embrace fundraising strategies for attracting and retaining donors of color, because that would "naturally lead individual contributors from attending a function to writing a check and finally to serving on the board." Great point! Thanks for sharing. --Regina
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Hi Philippe, We use a Flip UltraHD and a floor-standing tripod. Thanks for reading! Regina
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Hi Jean, Great post. I appreciate your honesty when you wrote that "for-profits, by definition, are not in business to give away money. If they don't give it, well, so be it." I think it'll be interesting to see if/how Apple responds to all of the bad press they've received over the past couple of weeks.... -- Regina
Will do. Thanks for the suggestion!
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No problem -- we really enjoy reading Philanthropy Potluck. It gives us lots of 'food for thought'!
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Regina Mahone added a favorite at PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center
May 4, 2010
"I think it is also important to educate people that you *can* make a decent salary in the nonprofit sector, and that nonprofit workers *deserve* to make a good living." Good point. Someone at the seminar made a comment that it doesn't matter which sector you work in (nonprofit or for-profit), the saving strategy is always the same -- live within your means and set aside at least 10 percent of your income. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! -- Regina
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Good to know. Thanks!
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Thanks for the suggestion! A few friends have recommended mint.com. I'm just nervous about submitting all of my banking/credit card information to the site.
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I grew up in New Jersey, so it didn't really hit me how many people go without clean water until my recent trip to Honduras. Much of the water supply there is polluted (when you're thirsty, you can't just grab a glass and fill it with water from the kitchen faucet) and the quantity of water each household gets is limited (the water distribution shuts off most evenings). For anyone interested in learning how they can take action, here's a list I found of 100 ways to conserve.
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