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Marc Gunther
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Attended Yale University
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A family of five siblings from Russia wants to bring financial transparency to the nonprofit sector. On my Nonprofit Chronicles blog, I write about their Silicon Valley startup, which is called Frank.
This month, a Silicon Valley startup called Frank that aims to serve nonprofit groups and their donors paid these expenses: $24,514 to nine people for product development and design, $3,124 to the …
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The Center for Effective Philanthropy tries to improve philanthropy by producing research, building feedback loops and encouraging smarter giving. Is it enough? My new blogpost takes a look.
If, as a chief executive or senior program officer of a big foundation, you have the power to disburse large sums of money, people are likely to let you know, in ways both subtle and direct, that y…
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Lots of companies send executives to poor countries to help nonprofits and small businesses. It's good for the companies, and good for the executives. Does it help alleviate poverty, or improve health, or create jobs?
Voluntourism has been getting a bad name lately. “Unsatisfying as it may be, we ought to acknowledge the truth that we, as amateurs, often don’t have much to offer,” Jacob Kushner wrote…
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To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we'll need to go beyond carbon neutral to generate "negative emissions" -- that is, to pull CO2 out of the air. Neither governments nor industry are doing much to figure out how, and that creates an opportunity for philanthropy, as I explain in my latest post for Nonprofit Chronicles​.
Here are a couple of inconvenient truths about climate change that may come as a surprise, unless you are one of those people who reads the reports from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Cl…
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The Moore Foundation has made more than $1 billion of grants for environmental conservation. In my new blogpost, I talk to Aileen Lee, their chief program officer for the environment, about why it's so hard to know which approach to saving wild places works best.
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How should foundations respond to the killing of Berta Caceres, the environmental and human rights activist in Honduras? That's the topic of my new blogpost at Nonprofit Chronicles.
Last spring, Global Witness published a report called How Many More? about the killings of environmental activists around the world. The NGO trained a spotlight on Honduras, the world’s most …
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Meat consumption is a major contributor to climate change, says research from the World Resources Institute and UK-based Chatham House. Yet neither environmental nonprofits nor foundations seem interested in campaigning against meat. My blogpost for Nonprofit Chronicles argues that it's time to do so.
Coal plants, fracking, pipelines, gas-guzzling SUVs, plastic bags, coffee pods—all are targets of environmentalists. Why not meat? Eating less meat — chicken, pork and especially beef — may well be…
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The Surdna Foundation has an idea that could help combat inequality: Promoting worker ownership of companies. In my Nonprofit Chronicles​ blog and in Guardian Sustainable Business​, I look at the potential of worker ownership and point to a few companies--New Belgium, Publix, Chobani--where it is being put into practice.
“Inequality is the fight of the moment for philanthropy,” writes Philip Henderson, the president of the Surdna Foundation, in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. I’m not sure why found…
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How the @McKnightFdn is using its endowment to fight climate change--and why more foundations should do so. My latest blogpost for Nonprofit Chronicles.
In the world of philanthropy, the divestment movement is known as Divest-Invest. “Divest” has gotten most of the attention. “Invest” will make more of a difference. Divestin…
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Millions Saved, a new book from the Center for Global Development, is about how much we know--and how much we don't--about the ways to save lives of people in the global south. It's a mostly encouraging story, as I write at Nonprofit Chronicles​.
Pessimism is fashionable. It’s also wrong. People are safer, better-educated, better-fed, and wealthier than they used to be. Democracy and human rights are spreading. Perhaps most important,…
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When a charismatic founder leaves a nonprofit, troubles often ensue. My new blogpost for Nonprofit Chronicles looks at the recent transition at KaBOOM!, which just installed a new CEO, James Siegal.
One of the hardest jobs for the board of a nonprofit — or a corporate board, for that matter — replacing a longtime executive director or CEO. It’s harder still when the chief exe…
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A London-based NGO called Development Media International uses media campaigns to promote public health and family planning to the world's poor. Is this a smart way to spend scarce resources devoted to global development?
Advertising changes behavior. Why else would brands pay as much as $5 million for a 30-second spot on the Super Bowl? But measuring the impact of advertising, particularly in traditional media, is …
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writer and speaker
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  • Guardian Media Group
    Editor at large, 2013 - present
    Guardian Sustainable Business US
  • Fortune Magazine
    Contributing editor, 1996 - 2014
  • GreenBiz
    Senior writer, 2009 - 2013
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Bethesda, MD
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New York, NY - Hartford, CT
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Father, husband, writer, runner, baseball fan, traveler, Jew
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I'm a writer and speaker who focuses on business and sustainability, based in Bethesda, MD. My bio and website are here.
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I've run 22 marathons. Slowly.
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  • Yale University
    English, 1969 - 1973
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February 19