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Turning Passion into Action: Giving While Living

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07/2010

This publication explores the practice of Giving While Living as exemplified by the founder of The Atlantic Philanthropies Chuck Feeney. This report includes profiles of Mr. Feeney and 10 other philanthropists who are giving generously during their lifetimes, explains the most-cited motivating factors for Giving While Living, and lays out a range of ways to set up and execute a Giving While Living program. This publication addresses some key steps for donors considering Giving While Living.

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Moving Beyond the Money: News Coverage that Conveys a Broader Vision of Foundations

Publication date: 
06/2010

From the Philanthropy Awareness Initiative, this case study analyzes a NPR story about the launch of a Ford Foundation project and examines the steps that helped make it more than a transactional news item. It's part of the Initiative's ongoing work with foundations and philanthropy associations to improve communications and outreach to influential Americans.

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The State of Metropolitan America

Publication date: 
06/2010

The State of Metropolitan America is a signature effort of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program that portrays the demographic and social trends shaping the nation’s essential economic and societal units—its large metropolitan areas—and discusses what they imply for public policies to secure prosperity for these places and their populations.

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Embedded Philanthropy and Community Change

Publication date: 
03/2010

Chapin Hall's work on embedded philanthropy began in 2003, as an outgrowth of a long-standing research program on philanthropy and community change. Our focus thus far has been on documenting and delineating this form of philanthropic practice and on convening embedded funders in a series of meetings designed to help them learn from one another's work. Our current perspective on embedded philanthropy is presented in this Issue Brief (2007).

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