Author Archives: philanthrobe

Why I Don’t Do #GivingTuesday

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday. I don’t participate in any of them. And while there’s increasing guilt in participating in the first two, there is a shame associated with not participating in the last. Why would you not give … Continue reading

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The Call From Inside the House

Remember that story, told ‘round the campfire, of the girl alone in her house who answered the phone to a voice saying ominous things about death and destruction? There was the usual mounting suspense as this person called back several … Continue reading

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Giving Compass launches giving planner (and it’s awesome)

For years I’ve puzzled over the lack of technological options for planning our giving. The opportunity to connect with others who are also making strategic and thoughtful gifts of time and money seems like a no-brainer in our social media … Continue reading

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Philanthropy is dead. Long live philanthropy.

We can no longer pretend that we’re doing good by going to auctions, sponsoring families in foreign countries, or purchasing something that gives a percentage back to society in some capacity. These are all elements of a philanthropy built on … Continue reading

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Social Justice and the Cloud

Last week I picked up Thomas L. Friedman’s book, Thank You for Being Late, and today I came across the NPR article, Could You Help Rewire Income Disparity? Both address the monumental shift in network science and how cloud computing … Continue reading

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I went for a walk last weekend, through drizzly rain against the backdrop of Lake Washington, on a stretch of road I was unfamiliar with. I came across a gathering of women collecting water and I stood crying, thinking of … Continue reading

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Establishing Our Resources For Giving

We all have something to give, and our potential to give is equal to anyone else’s, depending on how we acknowledge and structure our giving. Just as we breathe in and out, exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide with the plants … Continue reading

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