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How the Other Half Gives

Mar 14th, 2013 - Financial Times
In a laboratory game to assess how income levels affect charitable giving, participants are handed $10 in dollar bills and told that, if they like, they can put some in an envelope and give them to an anonymous partner. Psychologist Paul Piff has found that people making $150,000 or more a year give on average $2-$3, while lower earners give $6-$7.
"That's an incredible difference," says Piff, a social psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley. "You...

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Finding Zen in a Hectic City

Feb 5th, 2013 - Entrepreneur
In this Thought Leaders video series, we take a look at where today's game changers find inspiration.
Jason Franklin is the executive director of Bolder Giving, a New York nonprofit that counsels individuals on how to incorporate philanthropy into their lives or entrepreneurial efforts. Bolder Giving's website features stories of people who have given a good chuck of their income to charity -- the idea is that those stories might inspire others to give as well, Franklin...

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The Giving Generation

How the new philanthropists' intellectual capital is changing society
Dec 3rd, 2012 - Barron's
BRENDAN MARTIN
Age: 39
Vehicle: The Working World
Locations: Buenos Aires; Leon, Nicaragua; New York City
Brendan Martin grew up in Rochester, N.Y. His mother struggled after his parents' divorce, while his father, a computer-science Ph.D., built a business fortune.
Martin became fascinated by economics in high school, but he always found it odd that basic economic models appeared to view workers as costs to be minimized and eliminated. Was there a...

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Parenting the Privileged

Dynastic wealth can hurt children. Can philanthropy help?
Dec 1st, 2012 - Philanthropy Roundtable
Three years ago, Toby Neugebauer, co-founder of Texas-based Quantum Energy Partners, and his family embarked on a 110-day trip around the world. Wealthy Britons had a long tradition of sending their children abroad to absorb some high culture and hobnob with the Right People in Paris and Berlin. But the Neugebauers were not remotely interested in giving their 9- and 11-year-old sons a 19th-century-style Grand Tour. No, instead of the Mona Lisa and Monte Carlo, they were taking ...

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Make your charitable giving go further

Nov 30th, 2012 - Money Magazine
Most of us feel generous in December, the top month for charitable donations, reports the Atlas of Giving. But regardless of when you give, you want to make sure that the funds are actually used to do real good.
"Not knowing how their money will be spent sometimes holds people back from supporting a charity," says Jason Franklin, who teaches nonprofit management and philanthropy at New York University and is executive director of Bolder Giving, a nonprofit focused on helping...

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United Way hopes companies like targeted approach

Oct 26th, 2012 - Crain's Chicago Business
Wendy DuBoe, president and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, stood between a table of doughnuts and a station with bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapeño peppers at the Millennium Park kickoff party Friday for the organization's annual giving campaign.
She greeted guests and answered questions about United Way's new mission to focus on education, income and health issues in Chicago's neediest communities. In the past, United Way tried to help a wide swath of social...

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Courting the Next Generation of the Rich

Oct 16th, 2012 - The New York Times
On most weekday afternoons, Jason Franklin is frenetically busy in his crowded office on West 38th Street in Manhattan, fielding calls or pushing projects forward as the executive director of Bolder Giving, a nonprofit organization that promotes philanthropy.
But for several days in mid-August, Mr. Franklin, 32, decamped to a radically different environment, the bucolic Sundance Resort near Park City, Utah, where he happily unplugged to attend a biannual conference sponsored...

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How Charities Persuade Donors to Give Big

Jul 24th, 2012 - AdvisorOne
There are six common motivators that prompt large donations, said the director of Bolder Giving in a webinar sponsored by The Chronicle of Philanthropy
In a time of economic uncertainty when many nonprofits are seeing donations fall, one way to conquer a potential donor's concerns about the economy is to learn whether it is personal or national discomfort that causes their reluctance. Learning the source of discomfort could lead to a donor's realization that the gift should still be...

What to Tell the Children About Their Inheritance and When

Jul 20th, 2012 - The New York Times
JESSIE SPECTOR was determined to give away her inheritance as soon as she received it. She said her parents intervened and advised that, at 23, she should take time to think about it. What if she wanted to buy a house one day?
When Naomi Sobel learned at 20 that she would receive a large inheritance, she said she knew it was a lot of money, and for her, too, it raised questions about a house: would it be enough to buy one? She laughs at this today, since it would have paid for...

We're Retiring

Jul 4th, 2012 - Letter from the Ellingers
 
Dear Friends:
Today is independence day, and we want you to celebrate with us.
As of July 1st, we officially "semi-retired" from 30 years as organizers, writers, counselors and workshop leaders in the fields of donor organizing and philanthropy promotion. Anne shifted out of her staff role at Bolder Giving while remaining on the board, and Christopher shifted from board member to board member emeritus. This completes a transition that began two years ago to the day,...

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