Resources for Donors

DONORS: 5 Things Nonprofits Want You to Know

   

Giving Done Right:
Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count

“A thoughtful, engaging read with important insights and valuable analysis to help donors and philanthropists be more effective with their giving. A must read for those who really want to make a difference when supporting non-profits.”

Bryan Stevenson
Founder, Equal Justice Initiative

Pre-order the forthcoming book at these booksellers

Related Blog Posts

The Continued Need for Vastly Stepped-Up Giving — and the Role of DAFs

On Upbeat Assessments of Giving, Comparisons to the Past, and the Realities of the Current Moment As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the challenges for ...
Read More

The Need for Strong Arts and Culture Organizations in the Wake of COVID-19

Earlier this month, the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) released Funder Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic, a report based on survey responses from 172 nonprofit ...
Read More

Philanthropy’s Privilege and Rethinking Risk

Foundations have been described over the years as providers of necessary risk capital, society’s passing gear, or necessary fuel for social innovators. But what does ...
Read More

New Realities, New Data: Nonprofits in Crisis and What Donors Need to Know

The nation and world face unprecedented challenges right now. The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated individuals and organizations alike. Research (from Nonprofit Finance Fund and La ...
Read More

Race, Equity, and Unavoidable Challenges for Philanthropy

The murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis has led to an outpouring of protest, rage, and in some cases destruction that should ...
Read More

This #GivingTuesday, Consider What Makes an Effective Giver

As you consider your charitable donations this #GivingTuesday — and throughout the rest of the end-of-year giving season — it's important to think about how ...
Read More

Why Giving for Core Mission Support Matters

This post originally appeared on the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation website. As you read this, a nonprofit organization is keeping a mother and children safe ...
Read More

Why Major Donors Need to Ensure Nonprofits Understand Giving Pockets

The world of private philanthropy is often an enigma in the eyes of nonprofit leaders. We create confusion and frustration for nonprofit organizations. We are ...
Read More

The Challenge of Nonprofit Leadership: Navigating a Perilous Moment

This post is adapted from remarks Phil Buchanan delivered to a gathering of nonprofit leaders at the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at John F. Kennedy ...
Read More

Understanding a Nonprofit’s Duty to Donors

The Center for Effective Philanthropy’s (CEP) most recent research report, Crucial Donors: How Major Individual Givers Can Best Support Nonprofits, reveals in its key findings ...
Read More

How Do We Measure Trust? Changing the Metrics of Success for Major Gifts

At Fidelity Charitable, we are often asked by nonprofit organizations, “How can we better work with major donors to make more of an impact?” And ...
Read More

Individual Donors: You Have Superpowers — Let’s Unlock Them

When most people hear the word “philanthropy,” they often think of large foundations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or the Ford Foundation, ...
Read More

How Can Major Individual Givers Best Support Nonprofits?

By Hannah Martin and Ellie Buteau There is tremendous opportunity for philanthropy to contribute significantly to progress against the toughest social problems that defy government ...
Read More

When Should We Give Cash to Those in Need?

This post is excerpted and adapted from Shrewd Samaritan: Faith, Economics, and the Road to Loving our Global Neighbor (2019) by Bruce Wydick, available from ...
Read More

Four Questions DAF Holders Should Ask about Impact Investments

It’s easy to understand the appeal of impact investing, particularly for philanthropists with donor-advised funds (DAFs). With a DAF — which works like a charitable ...
Read More

From Zero to Sixty: One Foundation’s Start-Up Story

A considerable number of philanthropists and foundations seem to be trying to get their philanthropic vehicles “from zero to sixty” these days. With one of ...
Read More

A Long Overdue Guide for New Philanthropic Organizations

This year marks the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s tenth year as an active grantmaker. During these last 10 years, we have discovered that when it comes ...
Read More

Giving Is Not Like Investing

This post, which originally appeared on Giving Compass, is excerpted and adapted from Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count, the forthcoming book ...
Read More

Donors, are you asking the right questions?

The answers you’re given depend on the questions you ask. Though it may seem obvious, understanding this simple truth will dramatically improve the effectiveness of ...
Read More

The Curse of Line-Item Budgets: Tracking Pennies Instead of Outcomes

Reading the recent CEP resource about the five things nonprofits want donors to know, there was one thing in particular that most struck a chord ...
Read More

Donors: How You Give Matters More than You Might Realize

Before I began my current role as a program officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, I was the executive director (ED) of a ...
Read More

Announcing CEP’s First Resource for Individual Donors

We’re excited to share with you today that CEP is releasing its first resource for individual donors, Donors: 5 Things Nonprofits Want You to Know ...
Read More

Charitable Giving: Learning Lessons from Einstein, Prometheus, and CEP Research

This post explores aspects of CEP’s latest research findings, weaves in data from five other new research reports, and concludes with suggested — and urgent ...
Read More

Encouraging Philanthropy in Changing Times

Uncertainty is a natural response to change. As such, I am not alarmed that a majority of nonprofit and foundation leaders alike are concerned that ...
Read More

Working Together to Navigate Uncertainty

There are many reasons why an individual might choose to make a donation. An old fundraising adage says that one of the top reasons why ...
Read More

Death and taxes may be certain. Charitable giving, not so much.

Data and measurement sometimes get a bad rap in philanthropy. Here at CEP, one useful role we try to play is to balance information about ...
Read More

Philanthropy’s “New Power” Challenges

I don’t recall ever reading a nonfiction book as quickly as I’ve just read Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms’s new book, New Power: How Power ...
Read More

The Predicament of Strategic Philanthropy

This article was originally published on India Development Review. You can read the original here. Strategic philanthropy was born a generation ago to challenge the prevailing orthodoxies ...
Read More

Charting the Learning Journey of New Donors

In The Giving Journey: Guiding New Donors to Actualized Philanthropy, our new report at Open Impact, we look into the mindsets and motivations of new ...
Read More

The New Tax Bill: Hearing from Donors Now

In a meeting a few weeks ago, my CEP colleagues and I were grappling with understanding what potential impact the new U.S. tax code might ...
Read More

Donor Stories: Grantmaking that is “With” and not “For”

We’re starting a new periodic blog series today called “Donor Stories,” in which we highlight origin stories of foundations and funders that reflect upon themes ...
Read More

Philanthropic Arrogance (and How to Avoid It)

This post originally appeared on Philanthropy Daily. Last week I wrote (in Philanthropy Daily) about how, over the last two decades, researchers in biology, neuroscience, and psychology ...
Read More

Barbs, Jabs, and the Roles of Community Foundations

Articles about foundations aren’t typically as full of barbs as Marc Gunther’s long piece on the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) in the most recent ...
Read More

Managing Across Differences in Divisive Times

Over the last decade, I’ve been on a journey in more deeply understanding how differences in cultures and values manifest in our personal and professional ...
Read More

Giving Relationally: Prioritizing a Culture of Empathy and Joy

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of First Fruit, a foundation that provides resources to leaders and organizations working among the poorest segments of the ...
Read More

From Alpha to Omega: Choices and Challenges of Limited Life Philanthropy

Many thanks to the Center for Effective Philanthropy for a thoughtfully structured and informative research report on the why and how of limited life foundations ...
Read More

What Role Should Philanthropy Play in Local Communities?

What obligations — if any — do foundations and new donors have to local communities in which they are based? And what role should they ...
Read More

Learning History to Make History

This blog post from CEP President Phil Buchanan originally appeared on the CEP blog in July 2015. It is reposted here as part of our ...
Read More

What Donors Value from their Community Foundation: Communication

This post from former CEP Senior Research Analyst Mark Chaffin originally appeared on the blog in May 2014. It is reposted here as part of our Rewind ...
Read More

Assessing the Assessment: The Donor Perception Report

I’m pleased to share results of our latest third-party-collected feedback about CEP’s Donor Perception Report (DPR), an assessment used by many community foundations to better ...
Read More

Slow, Steady, and Humble

Don’t let anyone tell you differently: making meaningful progress on our toughest societal challenges is extremely difficult. There is no magic formula. And a big ...
Read More

Drawing Inspiration from What Has Worked

At this time of year, it’s common to hear the hope expressed that, as the Counting Crows song goes, “maybe this year will be better ...
Read More

Philanthropy and the “Discerning Heart”

This post, which is part of our new Blog Rewind series, originally appeared on the CEP blog in March 2014. As part of the opening plenary ...
Read More

Gloves Off Wisdom for Donors from the UK: A Philanthropy “How-To”

I did not necessarily expect to like Caroline Fiennes It Ain’t What You Give, It’s the Way You Give It, but I’d rank it among ...
Read More

Don’t Believe the Hype, Believe the Data

When is a trend really a trend? Too often, in philanthropy (and maybe just in life), we fall prey to believing something is a trend ...
Read More

About the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)

Foundations and major donors can take on solving pressing challenges that other actors in society cannot or will not. They can further capitalize on this unique opportunity by taking steps to maximize their effectiveness.

For more than 15 years, CEP has led the movement to improve philanthropy through a powerful combination of dispassionate analysis and a passionate commitment to improving lives. Today, more than 300 foundations and philanthropic entities have used CEP’s assessments to gather honest feedback from their stakeholders in an effort to learn how to be even more effective. Foundation leaders, trustees, and staff, as well as major donors and philanthropic advisors, have come to rely on our research for insights into philanthropic effectiveness on a wide range of topics, from assessing performance to developing strategy to building strong relationships. Our highly regarded programming — including our biennial conference — gives these leaders an exclusive and unprecedented opportunity to connect with their peers. CEP is funded through a mix of earned revenue, foundation grants, and gifts from individuals and families. We have offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and San Francisco, California.

CONTACT

Grace Nicolette

Vice President of Programming and External Relations

617-674-0763
gracen@cep.org

Ellie Buteau

Vice President of Research

617-340-9289
ellieb@cep.org

Recent Blog Posts

Menu