The Good Counsel Blog


Oct

23

2013

Charitable Giving Among Donors of High Net Worth

 A Post by James V. Toscano A U.S. Trust study conducted with The Philanthropic Initiative of the “Philanthropic Conversation” between individuals of high net worth and their financial advisors is revealing: there are wide differences between these individuals and their advisors on a number of aspects of charitable giving. The most interesting are reasons given by each group on why donors don’t give or give more. The advisors, who understand their clients’ interest in philanthropy, cite their fears that they won’t have enough money to leave to heirs (41%), or they won’t have enough for themselves in old age (34%)…

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Oct

02

2013

The Qualities Needed in a Nonprofit Organization’s CEO

 A Posting by  James V. Toscano & Dania Toscano Miwa The latest surveys report between 20-40% of CEO/EDs of nonprofit organizations are thinking of leaving in the next few years. Is this a disaster or a remarkable opportunity to improve leadership? In addition to management degrees, e.g. MBAs, MNPM, MPAs, and good track records, what else should we be looking for in the next generation of nonprofit CEOs? Here is our collective baker’s dozen on those qualities that will help bring nonprofits to a new, more productive, innovative position. Some who are next in line at these organizations may have many…

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Sep

26

2013

Philanthropy as Corporate R&D

A Posting by James V. Toscano In the current issue of McKinsey’s Voices on Society, Doug Conant, former CEO of Campbell Soup Company and current chair of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, writes that corporate philanthropy, in addition to helping individuals, “can help reduce business risk, open up new markets, engage employees, build the brand, reduce costs, advance technology and deliver competitive returns.” To Conant, philanthropy is a “discovery phase in investment in a social issue….Much like R&D, philanthropy allows companies to make thoughtful investments in sectors where the return profile is typically more speculative.” In his thinking, philanthropy is…

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Sep

17

2013

The New Philanthropy

 A post by James V. Toscano Headlines scream, “Philanthropy is Dead!!!” while other headlines retort, “Philanthropy is Alive and Well!!!” What’s up? The reality is that traditional philanthropy is suffering under a barrage of criticism (see the Charitable-Industrial Complex post), that there is a new philanthropy based on very different assumptions, and that there is an emerging brand of philanthropy that will not accept anything except solutions and cures. Philanthropy is iterating and that’s good. Generational differences, conceptual and methodological developments, vastly different expectations  and many other factors are motivating change in the way we give money, time and other…

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Sep

05

2013

Feature Article in Pollen

We just wanted to share some great news, Jim was featured in the latest issue of Pollen! You can read his article on the Ten Threats and Distractions for Nonprofits here.   


Aug

28

2013

The Qualities Needed in a Nonprofit Organization’s Board Chair

A Post from James V. Toscano and Dania Toscano Miwa This post dedicated to Amir Gharbi. With a million nonprofits now extant in the United States, we could assume that there may be almost a million unique individuals in the role of chair of the Board of Directors or Trustees. Given the diversity of the nonprofit sector, are there common qualities that all of these groups should be searching for in the individual who will serve as chief volunteer? Clearly, there are. Doing a Google search alone will produce hundreds of descriptions of what a chair does, should be and…

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Jul

29

2013

The Charitable-Industrial Complex

  A Post from James V. Toscano In a provocative op-ed piece in Saturday’s New York Times. Peter Buffett, Warren Buffett’s son, takes on the present system of philanthropy with deep insight, passion and some outrage. Buffett focuses on the growing inequality in the society, with the consequent increase in philanthropy by the rich, and the corresponding rise in the number of nonprofits to help “solve” the problems created by the inequality. He points out: “As more lives and communities are destroyed by the system that creates vast amounts of wealth for the few, the more heroic it sounds to “give…

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Jul

23

2013

New Sources of Nonprofit Revenue

 A post by James V. Toscano This post is dedicated in memory of Ron McKinley. For a few years now, these posts have been pointing out the need for new sources of nonprofit revenue. Now, in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, under the headline, “Social-Service Groups Won’t Survive Without New Sources of Revenue” Diane Aviv, the CEO of Independent Sector, and Antony Bugg-Levine, the head of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, agree. When national leaders make these kinds of announcements, it is clear that the sector is, indeed, undergoing seismic change. Read their words, “The financial base that underpins the social-service system…

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Jul

12

2013
Nonprofit Resource Collaborative

Nonprofit Resource Collaborative

 A post by Dania Toscano Miwa We are very excited to join forces with other experienced experts in a new partnership called the Nonprofit Resource Collaborative. This consortium brings together experts whose skills include Human Resources, Nonprofit Law, Finance and Accounting, Process Improvement, Fundraising, Social Media, Marketing Strategy and more. The premise for the collaborative to is offer nonprofit organizations the specialized knowledge an organization needs, as they need it.  We offer project based fees or retained services, highly adaptable for an organization’s specific needs. We will be holding a launch party Tuesday, July 16th and invite you to come…

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Jul

02

2013

And Now For Something Completely Different

 A Post from James V. Toscano  Bush at 60 The Bush Foundation is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Founded by Archibald Bush, a legendary 3M executive, and his wife in 1953, the Foundation has been a force in philanthropy over these years in important ways. Bush was an early leader in funding education and scholarships. A substantial portion of the $800 million given away in its first sixty years went to education in a variety of ways, from challenge grants to scholarships.



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