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Marc Gunther
Works at Guardian Media Group
Attended Yale University
Lives in Bethesda, MD
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I've hosted a Super Bowl party for years, but tonight may be the last. I just can't enjoy the NFL anymore, as I explain in this blogpost for Nonprofit Chronicles​.
Charity begins at home, they say. Take care of those nearby, and then turn outwards. This a problem for the National Football League. We're told that Super Bowl 50 -- alas, no Roman numerals this y...
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The Humane League is a small, hard-hitting, data-driven advocacy group focused on protecting farm animals. In my latest post for Nonprofit Chronicles, I talk with David Coman-Hidy, their executive director, about their work.
The animal welfare movement is making remarkable progress, which is surprising in a way, because (1) it's quite small and (2) not much is known about which strategies and tactics are the best ways ...
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The B Corporation movement is growing fast, as I report in my latest story for Guardian Sustainable Business.
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In today's post on Nonprofit Chronicles, my daughter Sarah Gunther explains why she's giving to Black Lives Matters, FRIDA: The Young Feminist Fund and Astraea. "The messy, unpredictable, powerful work of social change does not fit neatly into metrics," she writes.
Yesterday I blogged about my 2015 charitable donations. Today it's my daughter Sarah's turn. This is a fascinating moment for giving. An influx of capital from Silicon Valley technocrats-turned-phi...
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A startup called ImpactMatters, led by Yale economist Dean Karlan, aims to do "impact audits" of nonprofit groups. If it succeeds, it could help separate high-performing nonprofits from the rest. My new post for Nonprofit Chronicles.
The theme of this blog can be summed up in a few sentences: There are thousands of nonprofit organizations in the US. Some do great work. Many do not. Wouldn't it be good to know which is which? De...
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In my latest post on Nonprofit Chronicles, I write about the movie Poverty Inc., which delivers a stinging critique of foreign aid, NGOs and social entrepreneurs who take a patronizing attitude to the global poor. The film is a bit one-sided but definitely worth seeing.
POVERTY, INC. | Official Trailer from POVERTY, INC. | The Movie on Vimeo. Near the beginning of the new film Poverty Inc. are excerpts from the music video of the song, Do They Know It's Christmas?...
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Trickle Up uses the "graduation" method to help extremely poor people. The approach has been rigorously tested, and it works. Can you say the same thing about the charity you are supporting? .In my latest post for Nonprofit Chronicles, I look at how evidence drives this small NGO.
How much good does a charity do? And at what cost? These are questions that many--perhaps most--nonprofits simply can't answer. Trickle Up, a small New York-based NGO that helps some of the world's...
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For my Nonprofit Chronicles blog, I surveyed a half dozen big foundations to see whether they routinely share their evaluations of programs, projects and nonprofits. Most don't--and that's uncharitable.
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson, despite strong misgivings, quietly signed into law the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), giving citizens the right to access government data. Since then,...
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After 20 years of reporting on business, I'm moving on.
This blog began as an experiment almost a year ago. Back then, I didn't know whether I wanted to devote myself to writing about nonprofits and foundations. I've learned, fifty-two blogposts later, ...
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Where should you donate your money? That's up to you, but I have some ideas and so does my daughter Sarah Gunther​. Today, from me, why cash is always a welcome gift. Tomorrow, from Sarah, how your giving can drive social change.
What do the world's poorest people want? Clean cookstoves? New shoes? Fresh water? A toilet? Eyeglasses? Nicholas Kristof recommends, among other things, a flock of ducks. What about a solar lante...
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My first story for the Chronicle of Philanthropy. It's about Yale econ prof Dean Karlan, the founder of Innovations for Poverty Action, and his startup, called Impact Matters, which aims to conduct thorough "audits" of charities focusing on their effectiveness. If Impact Matters is a success, it will improve the performance of nonprofits and help donors guide more money to high-performing charities--a very big deal.
Dean Karlan, an economics professor who has influenced how governments and nonprofits fight poverty, has started a new venture to evaluate results.
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The always-interesting crew at GiveWell, in collaboration with Good Ventures, the foundation of Dustin Moskovitz (co-founder of Facebook) and his wife Cari Tuna, have hired a researcher to figure out how to reduce the suffering of farm animals. It's an important issue, and the researcher, Yale law grad Lewis Bullard, explains why in my latest post for Nonprofit Chronicles.
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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
Introduction
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.
Education
  • Yale University
    English, 1969 - 1973
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February 19