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The Year in Review

Yes, I write a lot about donor-advised funds. That’s because their surge in popularity is the biggest story in philanthropy – and, to my mind, a growing threat to an already-battered nonprofit sector.
Here are 2014’s eight biggest developments around the donor-advised fund phenomenon. Continue reading

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Counting Mosquito Nets

If you think it’s simple to measure a nonprofit’s effectiveness, think again.

I’ve written before about the failings of Charity Navigator and other rating systems, which resort to vastly oversimplified measurements to evaluate charities – often in misleading or even detrimental ways. But can’t some truly in-depth analyses work better? Sure, but even the most concerted and thoughtful efforts to evaluate nonprofits are riddled with ambiguity and challenges. Continue reading

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