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February 7, 2013
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That’s What Governments Do

From Public Management Review

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Decades of intervention have made variable impact on the inequality between indigenous and non-indigenous well-being across the world. Unacceptable differences in life expectancy alone mark indigenous need as an area where greater understanding of public and private funding approaches and their interaction may deliver real benefits. Both the public and the third sector have been active in trying to address the disadvantage experienced by Australia’s indigenous people. The interaction between the indigenous cause philanthropy system and the wider geo-political landscape in Australia is revealing barriers and insights that may apply in other challenging policy terrain.

[Full article here]

January 10, 2013
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Philanthropy, the Big Society and Emerging Philanthropic Relationships in the UK

From Public Management Review

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In the UK, the Big Society programme seeks to encourage philanthropic giving. However, I argue that there is a tension between the Big Society’s emphasis on citizen empowerment and the nature of emerging philanthropic relationships. Drawing upon a framework developed by Susan Ostrander (2007), this article maps and analyses three types of philanthropic relationships in the UK: (1) donor-intermediary; (2) donor exclusive; and (3) donor oversight. Analysing these philanthropic relationships is salient as it draws attention to the role of philanthropy in the reshaping of the relationship between state, market and civil society in the context of the Big Society.

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August 15, 2012
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Intelligent participation: engaging citizens through a framework of multiple intelligences

From Community Development

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Community development professionals tend to treat the public as monolithic and homogeneous, without respect for variation in types of intelligence among the citizenry. This research explored how the psychological concept of multiple intelligences can be used to enhance public participation in a public planning process. The research involved the development of a model of public participation grounded in the theory of multiple intelligence and a case study of the application of that model in a town outside of Boston. The findings support the premise that a multiple intelligence framework can bring in and elicit input from a broad and intellectually diverse subset of the population.

[Full article here]

June 7, 2012
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James Earl Jones to receive philanthropic award

From the Philly.com

On Nov. 19, actor James Earl Jones, whose voice gave life to the famous “Star Wars” character, will join Bill Cosby, Elizabeth Taylor and Oprah Winfrey on the list of accomplished Marian Anderson Award recipients.

Mayor Nutter made the official announcement at the Sofitel hotel on Monday. The award — which honors philanthropic artists with a gift of $50,000 — is given each year in the name of Philadelphia contralto Marian Anderson.

Jones has had extensive experience in television, film and stage, but the 81-year-old actor is best known for his bass voice, which is featured on CNN in its audio tagline, in “The Lion King” as Mufasa, and as the villain Darth Vader.

[Full article here]

June 6, 2012
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Center for Discovery and Monderer Foundation Announce Michael Wittenberg Center for Imagination, Named After Late Husband of Bernadette Peters

From Playbill.com and Charity News Forum

Tony winner Bernadette Peters, The Center for Discovery and The Monderer Foundation have announced the naming of the Michael Wittenberg Center for Imagination at The Center for Discovery in Harris, NY.

Wittenberg, the husband of Broadway actress Peters, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash in September 2005.

In a statement Peters said, “The Center for Discovery has created a remarkable program—unique in the area—that supports the most severely disabled children and adults. Michael was deeply connected to the environment, good health, and the protection of all living creatures. With its focus on promoting wellness and health to expand life’s possibilities for a very vulnerable group of people, The Center for Discovery is the embodiment of Michael’s life passions.”

“The Center for Discovery has one of the most current and innovative educational approaches distinguished by a philosophy that celebrates each individual’s abilities rather than his or her disabilities,” added Carol Turchin, CEO of The Monderer Foundation. “The Monderer Foundation’s mission is to support multiply challenged children and adults. We are delighted to be involved in supporting The Center for Discovery.”

May 31, 2012
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Bernadette Peters, Monderer Foundation, Center for Discovery Announce “Michael Wittenberg Center for Imagination”

Source: PR Newswire

Bernadette Peters, The Center for Discovery, and The Monderer Foundation announced today the naming of the Michael Wittenberg Center for Imagination at The Center for Discovery.

“The Center for Discovery has created a remarkable program—unique in the area—that supports the most severely disabled children and adults,” said Ms. Peters, a two-time Tony award-winning actress/singer/comedienne. “Michael was deeply connected to the environment, good health, and the protection of all living creatures. With its focus on promoting wellness and health to expand life’s possibilities for a very vulnerable group of people, The Center for Discovery is the embodiment of Michael’s life passions.”

The Center for Discovery provides individuals with a range of disabilities and medical frailties innovative educational, clinical, residential, and social and creative arts experiences designed to enrich their lives through personal accomplishment. The new Michael Wittenberg Center for Imagination inspires adults and children to evolve new options for living.

“The Center for Discovery has one of the most current and innovative educational approaches distinguished by a philosophy that celebrates each individual’s abilities rather than his or her disabilities,” said Carol Turchin Monderer, CEO of The Monderer Foundation. “The Monderer Foundation’s mission is to support multiply challenged children and adults. We are delighted to be involved in supporting The Center for Discovery.”

About The Monderer Foundation (www.mondererfoundation.org)
The Monderer Foundation is a private foundation with a mission to support multiply challenged children and adults.
Source: PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1cZWw)

May 30, 2012
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Bernadette Peters, The Center for Discovery, and The Monderer Foundation Announce the Michael Wittenberg Center for Imagination

Source: PR Newswire

Bernadette Peters, The Center for Discovery, and The Monderer Foundation announced today the naming of the Michael Wittenberg Center for Imagination at The Center for Discovery.

“The Center for Discovery has created a remarkable program—unique in the area—that supports the most severely disabled children and adults,” said Ms. Peters, a two-time Tony award-winning actress/singer/comedienne. “Michael was deeply connected to the environment, good health, and the protection of all living creatures. With its focus on promoting wellness and health to expand life’s possibilities for a very vulnerable group of people, The Center for Discovery is the embodiment of Michael’s life passions.”

The Center for Discovery provides individuals with a range of disabilities and medical frailties innovative educational, clinical, residential, and social and creative arts experiences designed to enrich their lives through personal accomplishment. The new Michael Wittenberg Center for Imagination inspires adults and children to evolve new options for living.

“The Center for Discovery has one of the most current and innovative educational approaches distinguished by a philosophy that celebrates each individual’s abilities rather than his or her disabilities,” said Carol Turchin Monderer, CEO of The Monderer Foundation. “The Monderer Foundation’s mission is to support multiply challenged children and adults. We are delighted to be involved in supporting The Center for Discovery.”

About The Monderer Foundation (www.mondererfoundation.org)
The Monderer Foundation is a private foundation with a mission to support multiply challenged children and adults.
Source: PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1cZWw)

May 23, 2012
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The Chinese Development of Tibet: Lhasa in Transformation

From Forum for Development Studies

By Tashi Nyima

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The Chinese development drive in Tibet is characterised by rapid urbanisation of Tibet’s small towns, along with an ever-increasing influx of migrants from China’s inland provinces. Based on the author’s memories and personal experiences of Lhasa, as well as his later field studies in the Tibetan capital, this article takes a critical look at the transformation of Lhasa during the past 15 years. It argues that massive government development programmes have transformed Lhasa from a ‘Tibetan town’ into a ‘Chinese city’ in which local Tibetans have to struggle for economic as well as cultural survival. The new development concept propagated by the top leadership (Chinese: kexue fazhanguan) stresses ‘scientific’ development, whereas concepts such as rights-based development, local empowerment and participation are still unknown terms in the current development discourse in Tibet. If this situation persists, it will contribute to further tension in Tibet.

[Full article here]

May 15, 2012
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Susan G. Komen Spokesman Quits

From The Nonprofit Times

Another key executive at Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s national headquarters is leaving the organization after a public relations debacle regarding funding to Planned Parenthood of America.

Leslie Aun, who as vice president of marketing and communications served as the lead spokesperson for the organization, will leave Komen May 15 to become vice president of communications at Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP). She will become at least the sixth executive to leave the organization, either at headquarters or at the affiliate level, since the Planned Parenthood controversy exploded four months ago.

In an announcement released today, Washington, D.C.-based VPP said Aun will lead communications efforts as it begins “a new phase of work to improve the lives of children and youth in the National Capital region.”

[Full article here]

April 25, 2012
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An Ask is An Ask

From ASmallChange.net

You may have heard a guideline, “ask for three times what you’d like a donor to give.” This is a mantra that’s often used as a technique to get a stretch gift. That guideline is a very poor rule of thumb. A good ask is one the donor feels they could stretch to make but does not feel like is out of their ability.

The magic of asking for a specific amount is that you can encourage a donor to think about a larger gift than they would traditionally do. If a donor has said yes to you soliciting them for a gift, then they have already indicated that they are very likely to give. People do not like to say no. Most of your “no’s” will happen because you’ve surprised someone and they did not know the purpose of your meeting. From a donors perspective in their heart of hearts they want to say yes to whatever you ask.

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[Via Philanthropy News]