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Interesting links – emotional giving, Rajiv Shah, nonprofit boards and more

March 18, 2010

Here are some of the things I’m reading this week:

  • Dien wrote last week about how wealthy Americans have cut their giving, presumably due to the bad economy.  She quotes Bruce Bikel, head of private foundation management services and senior vice president of PNC Wealth Management, as recommending “that philanthropists should take the emotion out of giving and focus on ‘mission-mindedness to help with the adjustment.'”  What do you think about emotion vs. ‘mission-mindedness’?
  • The New York Times has a great 10-minute video with Rajiv Shah, director of the U.S. Agency for International Development, which supports many charitable projects abroad.  It’s wonderful to see a South Asian so high up in the administration!
  • One of my colleagues at York University, Richard Leblanc, has co-authored a guide for nonprofits about board recruitment, development and assessment – if you’re the Executive Director of a nonprofit out there, check it out!
  • Canada eliminated a rule that required charities to give away 80% of their revenue each year.  80% seems like a lot, considering the requirement for U.S. private foundations is only 5%!  Overall, Canadian charities seem happy to have more flexibility and less red tape.
  • Finally, two South Asians have written about the Toronto mayoral race in the Toronto Star this week:  Aditya Jha (Indo-Canadian philanthropist whom we profiled here) and Rahul Bhardwaj, President of the Toronto Community Foundation (and valuable advisor to SAPP) .
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