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Timothy Ogden

Analysis Timothy Ogden and Laura Starita 17 January 2017 For Subscribers

Offshore philanthropy

Organized philanthropy exists because a few individuals are able to accumulate a vast surplus of resources. Given how much good is done with philanthropic donations, it seems ungrateful to look too closely at the source …

Opinion Timothy Ogden 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

Should philanthropy help people leave?

Imagine a young woman with children in a dangerous domestic situation. Every moment she stays she risks further harm to herself and her children, harm that not even time can heal. Her abuser has promised …

Opinion Timothy Ogden 6 September 2016

When all else fails

The details of the Flint water crisis continue to shock: through a stunning sequence of incompetence and malfeasance from public officials in Michigan and the US Environmental Protection Agency, the people of Flint were poisoned …

Special feature Timothy Ogden, Ayesha Saran and Atallah Kuttab 15 March 2016

The Syrian crisis: a challenge for philanthropy

It is a rare event that captures global philanthropy’s attention. The stream of refugees from Syria is one of them. There is a serious humanitarian crisis under way, and a rapid response is called for.  …

Special feature 1 Timothy Ogden 11 March 2016

Migration – the oldest and still best tool in the anti-poverty arsenal

The case for migration as an effective tool to combat poverty is more than 100,000 years old – and has yet to be contradicted. Migration is what early human hunter-gatherers did to survive. Migration took …

Special feature Timothy Ogden 1 September 2015 For Subscribers

Are today’s donors different?

If you’ve heard it (or read it) once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: ‘Today’s donors are different.’ Left at that, the statement would be true, if innocuous and obvious. Every generation of donors will …

Special feature Timothy Ogden 1 September 2015 For Subscribers

100 years of ‘caring about impact’: what’s changed?

Santayana’s famous dictum, ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’, could have been made in direct reference to philanthropy. As Maribel Morey and Benjamin Soskis write introducing a new blog focused …

Opinion Timothy Ogden 1 June 2015

Where are the foundation chief information officers?

While there are plenty of celebrated examples of non-profits (usually new ones) using technology innovation exceedingly well (think of charity:water, Ushahidi, Donor’s Choose or GiveDirectly), foundations are not known as a hotbed of technological innovation. …

Timothy Ogden 1 May 2015

The COF conference: a few thoughts not related to impact investing

A few closing thoughts from the 2015 Council of Foundations’ annual conference not related to impact investing: I came across a couple of intriguing ideas to solve vexing human capital problems in philanthropy and the …

Timothy Ogden 30 April 2015

The state of impact investing, Day 3 of the COF conference: how relevant are foundations?

As I mentioned in my post from Day 2 of the Council of Foundations’ annual conference in San Francisco, while foundation staff were packing rooms to talk about deploying some of their capital into impact …