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Effective Matters: October 2022

Date: October 31, 2022

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COMING SOON – Giving Big: The Impact of Large, Unrestricted Gifts on Nonprofits

Look for the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s new research, out Nov. 15, on the impact of the large, unrestricted gifts that have made MacKenzie Scott’s approach to giving remarkable. The forthcoming report represents the first in a three-year study that will examine the impacts of Scott’s giving as well as the ways in which nonprofit recipients have used those grants — and why — and probe any unintended consequences of the sizeable gifts.

In addition, CEP will host a webinar on Nov. 15 to present the results of the study and invite discussion from leaders of organizations that have received Scott’s grants as well as funders of the study. Moderated by CEP’s Phil Buchanan, the webinar will feature:

  • Ellie Buteau, Director of Research Projects and Special Advisor on Research Methodology and Analysis, Center for Effective Philanthropy
  • Stephanie Gillis, Director of Impact-Driven Philanthropy Initiative, Raikes Foundation
  • Kyra Kyles, Chief Executive Officer, YR Media
  • Lysa Ratliff, Chief Executive Officer, KABOOM!

Listen to Giving Done Right Season 3

The third season of the Giving Done Right podcast is well underway, and this season’s guests have shared their unique stories and fascinating insights, and have challenged conventional wisdom about how — and how much — to give. So far, hosts Phil Buchanan and Grace Nicolette have chatted with:

  • Gladys Vega, executive director of La Colaborativa, about the value of working closely with and from within communities.
  • Patty McIlreavy, president and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, about the need to approach disaster funding with equity in mind, as well as the role of funding for both prevention and recovery.
  • Philanthropist and restaurateur April Tam Smith about her and her husband’s radically generous approach to giving and her nonprofit restaurant in the heart of Times Square.
  • Allison Sesso, president and CEO of RIP Medical Debt, about the enormous problem of medical debt in the U.S. and the false stigma that nonprofits are stale and uninventive.
  • Author and activist Heather McGhee about the racial zero sum lie and how it cuts across issues donors care about as well as her reasons for feeling optimistic about the future of racial equity work.
  • Philanthropists Vinh and Leisle Chung share their unique stories as first beneficiaries of giving and now generous donors themselves, and how they orient their medical practice around philanthropic impact.

Look for more episodes of season 3 coming soon! Find the Giving Done Right Podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotifyYouTube, or wherever you get your podcasts!

The CEP Conference Returns in 2023

The Center for Effective Philanthropy is excited to announce the return of our biennial conference in Fall 2023! The conference will take place at the Omni Boston Seaport Hotel Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2023, and will be an in-person event. Watch your inbox for more details on the event and registration soon. To make sure you don’t miss out, subscribe now to receive updates about CEP events.

Introducing Natalia Kiryttopoulou, CEP’s New Global Lead

CEP is delighted to introduce a new lead, Global Assessment and Advisory Services, Natalia Kiryttopoulou. Based in Madrid, Spain, Natalia joins the team with a wealth of experience working with funders and grantees to design monitoring, evaluation, and learning programs across issue areas and around the world. Learn more about Natalia in her recent post on the CEP blog.

If you are interested in learning more about CEP’s work with global funders, reach out today.

Spotlight on the Blog: Big Changes and 7 Big Questions for Philanthropy

Phil Buchanan offers a compelling assessment of the state of philanthropy today on the CEP blog. He discusses the significant shifts in philanthropic practice in recent years before bringing to the fore seven of the most significant questions the sector faces now, including whether those shifts in practice will continue to be implemented, whether philanthropy’s commitments to racial equity will persist or fade in the face of backlash, and if philanthropy can counter threats to democracy, step up to the challenge of climate change, and more. Read Phil’s piece on the blog.

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Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Events

NOV 3: What Nonprofits Want You to Know: CEP’s Mena Boyadzhiev will moderate a panel and lead a discussion on CEP report 5 Things Nonprofits Want You to Know at the Essex County Community Foundation.

NOV 9: CEO Forum: Leadership Challenges and Opportunities in a Time of Flux – A CEO WorkshopPhil Buchanan will share CEP’s latest research on foundation practices and approaches and facilitate a candid conversation about the most pressing issues on the minds of foundation CEOs.

NOV 15: Giving Big: The Impact of Large, Unrestricted Gifts on Nonprofits: Join us for a discussion of CEP’s new research on “Giving Big.”

NOV 16: No Strings Attached: A Case Study on the Transformative Philanthropy of MacKenzie ScottPhil Buchanan will present CEP’s newest research, “Giving Big: The Impact of Large Unrestricted Gifts on Nonprofits” at the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

JAN 26: Leadership Learning Series — Stronger Together: Shifting Power Dynamics in Philanthropy to Advance Equity: CEP’s Grace Nicolette will moderate a timely conversation about promising practices to shift power dynamics in the philanthropic world.

New Faces at CEP

Lauren Broder, Manager, Research
Elissa Koh, Coordinator, Client Services, YouthTruth
Natalia Kiryttopoulou, Lead for Global Assessment and Advisory Services

Lauren Broder

Elissa Koh

Natalia Kiryttopoulou

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