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November 19, 2009


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Maybe we need better giving models rather than better business models.


Thanks Phil, this is a very good blog post. I would potentially add organizations such as GreatNonprofits (http://greatnonprofits.org/) that are educating the larger community as well and that we at Philanthropedia have a close partnership with.

@ddenizen - business models are important so we can further expand the offering, educate and get more donors involved, and have a bigger impact. That being said, I agree with you that we need to help donors give "smarter" - which is a central part of our mission at Philanthropedia.

Thanks again Phil!


I'm not talking about giving smarter or any other b-school inspired metric. I'm talking about giving, compassion, heart.

It doesn't change the need for fiscal viability, it changes the game in another more important way.


The cultures in conversation here include biz school, grassroots giving, open source, open space, wikipedia-style self organizing commons, private banking, grantmaking, and nonprofits inside forprofits (Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable) Cultural fusion. Yet, also, the underlying issue - how do we make a living doing good things for the commons, the community, the organizations that we love? What models support a river of resources flowing where the most good is being done, rather than bottled up in resevoirs. Is philanthropic work something we can only do when we already have money enough to live on from some other source?

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