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2 Aaron Dorfman 11 May 2017

A gem at the COF conference: A session on the Sustainable Development Goals

A handful of sessions at the Council on Foundation’s annual conference usually stands out among others by highlighting important new issues or encouraging critical thinking among attendees. This year’s gem of a session focused on …

News Aaron Dorfman 1 March 2014

Philanthropy in Saudi Arabia: a new pattern emerging?

In November and December 2013, the first author guided by the second author undertook a field trip to several philanthropic organizations in various parts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The trip was part …

Conference Report Aaron Dorfman 1 December 2013 For Subscribers

Community Foundations Hall of Fame celebrates ten outstanding initiatives

We all know our sector too often falls short of our own highest aspirations. So it is even more important to celebrate excellence when we see it. Many community foundations work with underserved communities, partnering …

Aaron Dorfman 18 October 2013

Community Foundations Hall of Fame celebrates ten outstanding initiatives

We all know our sector too often falls short of our own highest aspirations. So it is even more important to celebrate excellence when we see it. Many community foundations work with underserved communities, partnering …

Aaron Dorfman 1 May 2012

New guide for corporate philanthropy launched at Council on Foundations conference

The Council on Foundations has released a new guide for corporate philanthropy during its annual conference, held in Los Angeles, 28 April-1 May. Increasing Impact, Enhancing Value: A practitioner’s guide to leading corporate philanthropy is …

Letter Aaron Dorfman 1 December 2011

Wrestling with the accountability challenge

I greatly enjoyed reading the special feature on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the September issue of Alliance. Discussing openly issues of accountability and impact related to the foundation is incredibly important, especially …

Conference Report Aaron Dorfman 1 June 2009 For Subscribers

Center for Effective Philanthropy conference

Event CEP Conference: Aligning for Impact – Connecting the dots Date 31 March-1 April Venue Los Angeles, USA Organizer Center for Effective Philanthropy It would be almost impossible for anyone who attended the recent conference …

Special feature Aaron Dorfman 1 March 2009

Donor intent: should all philanthropy receive tax privileges equally?

Philanthropy is nothing if not voluntary activity. Donors, by definition, are not compelled to give to the public good. They do so from their own private motives. The world is a better place because of …

Special feature Aaron Dorfman 1 December 2005

India: Waiting for take-off

The face of philanthropy in India has altered greatly since 1985, but some of the same features remain. As in the US, it is failing to fulfil its real potential. Support organizations are still largely …