You may say I'm a dreamer / But I'm not the only one /
I hope someday you'll join us / And the world will be as one.
I’ve always adored this song. John Lennon’s gentle, calm voice tugs at your heart and, at the same time, inspires people to come together – seek out fellow dreamers – to fashion a better world. That’s how I felt at this year's Independent Sector National Conference in Seattle...
by Gene Takagi, Managing Attorney and Founder, NEO Law Group
“If you aren’t participating fully in the democratic process, you’re leaving leverage on the table.” —Tom and Sonya Campion
The quote above perfectly captures why some charities might consider creating an affiliated 501(c)(4) organization to engage in advocacy activities that might otherwise not be possible for a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
by Akhtar Badshah, Founder and CEO, Catalytic Innovators Group — @akhtarbad
There is a serious crisis brewing. Even though the economy is on the uptick, around the world there are over 300 million disengaged youth, says Blair Taylor, chief community officer and executive vice president of Starbucks Foundation. Solutions are not coming from the government, we all have to be engaged – “creating jobs is the endgame”. This set the tone for a lively session with a packed audience that conversed around the issues of corporate philanthropy, partnerships, and making lasting impact.
I added a twist to that advertising catch phrase: What’s in your wallet . . . for people in need?
There were many different answers to the question from folks at the IS office: which causes do you support?
I was impressed by the dedication and diversity in the giving traditions of our small staff. What is truly remarkable is that each year these small gifts and others like them add up to big-time generosity. A few years ago, when others in the sector had this realization, the national day of charitable giving, "Giving Tuesday" was born.
I am sure there is truth on the side of those who argue that with improved city and state policies, planning, and prevention strategies, natural disaster-prone areas would be better able to respond. And if public policies prevented hunger and homelessness and guaranteed everyone willing and able to work, a job, their lives would be immeasurably better. But until that time – and, in fact, even then – there will always be people in need of urgent assistance.