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Marc Gunther
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New Story, an early-stage nonprofit based in San Francisco, connects donors directly to the people they are helping and promises that none of their money will be spent on overhead. It's a powerful message that seems to be working, as I report at Nonprofit Chronicles​.
“We have crushed the Red Cross,” Brett Hagler has said, bluntly but not unkindly. He’s got a point. Hagler is the 26-year-old founder and CEO of New Story, a startup nonprofit tha…
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For 25 years, Linda Greer of the Natural Resources Defense Council has worked to get companies to curb their industrial pollution. In my new post for Nonprofit Chronicles, I report on her successes, her frustrations and what she's learned.
Some nonprofits, and people working inside nonprofits, pursue the same strategy, year after year, without stopping to ask whether they are having an impact. Not Linda Greer, an influential senior s…
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Emotion or evidence? In my new blogpost, I write about Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times columnist, and his influence on philanthropy. He has a lot of clout. He could use it more effectively.
I’ve got a story about Nicholas Kristof in the June issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy that looks at his impact on charitable giving. A Kristof column in The New York Times, it turns out,…
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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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Melinda Gates, the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was interviewed by Arthur Brooks last week at the American Enterprise Institute. I wrote about their conversation for Nonprofit Chronicles.
Melinda Gates had no desire to attend the Ursuline Academy of Dallas, the all-girls Catholic high school from which she graduated in 1982. “I railed against my parents for not sending me to t…
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Why are foundations so reluctant to talk about failure--or even share what they know? That's the topic of my new blogpost for Nonprofit Chronicles.
Let’s start with a story about learning and failure at one foundation–and then move on to a renewed effort to share knowledge by IssueLab. The story: Recently, I had an enjoyable conver…
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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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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